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Donation helps Douglas County 4-H make improvements

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With an estimated 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050, the challenge of feeding the world will one day belong to America's youth. Organizations like Douglas County 4-H help turn youth into community and industry leaders who will be able to tackle the challenge of our growing population.

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Thanks to one local farmer and America's Farmers Grow Communities, Douglas County 4-H can continue to help its members learn and grow into young leaders.

Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

Craig Haseman was the winning farmer in Douglas County. He recognized the importance of 4-H to youth development and directed the donation to Douglas County 4-H.

"We have four children who have participated in the program. It is a terrific organization that helps students find paths for their career and prepares them for leadership roles. I admire the work that they do for the community," said Haseman.

The 4-H club will use the $2,500 to purchase technological supplies, fund scholarships and make county fair improvements.

"We are so excited and feel so fortunate to be chosen to receive this donation," said Jodi Hintzen, Douglas County 4-H program coordinator.

In a ceremony held at the extension office, Haseman got the chance to present Douglas County 4-H with the $2,500 donation.

Through America's Farmers Grow Communities:

•?Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

•?The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

• More than $175,000 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Minnesota.

A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com.

Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Douglas County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Haseman make every day to our society.

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

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