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Monsanto offers community funds for 2013

The Monsanto Fund has announced that is now accepting 2013 applications for its Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program. It provides farmers with a chance to win $2,500 for a local charitable or not-for-profit group.

First offered on a Canada-wide basis in 2012, a total of 58 winners nominated by farmers in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and northeastern B.C. received $145,000. They covered a wide range of focus areas from agricultural societies, playgrounds, day cares and school projects to community sporting organizations, libraries and health/service groups. A complete listing is posted at www.CanadasFarm ers.ca.

In 2013, two $2,500 grants will be awarded in each of 30 different territories across the grain-growing regions of northeastern B.C. (Peace River district), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

The application submission period has been extended for 2013, giving farmers more time to consider and submit an application between Jan. 7, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2013. Complete contest rules and an online application form are available at www.CanadasFarm ers.ca.

Farmers who are 19 years of age or older and actively engaged in farming corn, soybeans and/or canola on at least 160 acres in Western Canada, or corn or soybeans on at least 80 acres in Eastern Canada, are eligible to participate in the program. Non-farming residents living within rural communities can go online and make suggestions of worthy groups or projects.

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