Iuka Fire Department receives Monsanto grant

Pratt Tribune – March 21, 2014

Pictured are (from left) Kyle Banks, seed manager for Kanza Co-op in Iuka, which sold the seed, firefighters Robert Hall, Jesse Blasi and Ross Schiffelbein, Monsanto district sales manager Lance Embree, Ramon Parker, the farmer who received the award and selected the fire department as the beneficiary, Iuka Councilman Jerry Tucker and Mayor Marsha Giggy. Photo by Carol Bronson

Pictured are (from left) Kyle Banks, seed manager for Kanza Co-op in Iuka, which sold the seed, firefighters Robert Hall, Jesse Blasi and Ross Schiffelbein, Monsanto district sales manager Lance Embree, Ramon Parker, the farmer who received the award and selected the fire department as the beneficiary, Iuka Councilman Jerry Tucker and Mayor Marsha Giggy. Photo by Carol Bronson

Local farmer Ramon Parker has directed a $2,500 donation to the Iuka Fire Department. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department pay for a six-by-six brush truck.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

When asked about his decision, Parker said, “I would like to do all that I can to help our little town grow, and the fire department is a big part of our town.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Iuka Fire Department, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Ramon Parker.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster



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