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Farmers support local schools

For the second consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will give Minnesota farmers the opportunity to enhance math and science programs in their communities.

Now until April 15, farmers can nominate a local public school district to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000. Administrators of nominated school districts may then submit grant applications through April 30.

The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society.

"This generation is the future of agriculture, and funding from the Grow Rural Education program helps ensure they are ready to be the next great leaders, "said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president.

Eligible farmers can nominate their favorite public school district by calling 1-877-267-3332 or visiting and following the "Nominate Now" link.

In 2012, six Minnesota school districts received a combined total of $110,000 to enhance math and science curriculums.

Grants will be awarded by the Monsanto Fund based on merit, need and community support.

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