Sumter County 4-H awarded America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation from local farmer

Published 12:50 pm Saturday, July 7, 2018

AMERICUS — Sumter County farmer James Gaston directed a $2,500 to Sumter County 4-H as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
As part of their mission Sumter County 4-H will use the funds to provide learning experiences focused on agriculture awareness, leadership, communication, health and nutrition, and citizenship. “Sumter County 4-H is thankful of the generous donation directed by Mr. Gaston. Funds from the Monsanto award will provide additional opportunities for local youth to participate in 4-H activities that exposes them to unique learning experiences” said, Crystal Perry, University of Georgia 4-H Extension agent.
Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.
“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”
To see if a nonprofit in your local community is a 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out

About America’s Farmers
The America’s Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at

About the Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at