County fire department received Monsanto grant

Abilene Reflector Chronicle – July 2, 2018

The Dickinson County Fire Department No. 1 was awarded an America’s Farmers Grow Communities Monsanto grant. Pictured are from left to right , firefighters Noah Sell, Zach Fewin, Kevin Mills, Dr. Sarah Mills, Kent Mills and Kyle Mills.

Dickinson County farmer and veterinarian Kent and Dr. Sarah Mills directed $2,500 to Dickinson County Fire District No. 1 as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

As part of their mission, Dickinson County Fire District No. 1 will use the funds to support our growing Junior Firefighter program. The Junior Firefighter program has provided many young men and women the opportunity to enter the firefighting profession and have gone on to make careers for these young men and women., said Paul Froelich, fire chief.

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, in a news release. “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

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

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


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