As a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities competition, one Phillips County farmer will get the opportunity to make charitable donations to two of his favorite local non-profit organizations.
Wednesday afternoon, Helena-West Helena farmer Rickey Helton and representatives of the Monsanto Corp. participated in a check presentation ceremony at DeSoto School. At the ceremony, Helton turned over two checks in the amount of $2,500 each – one to DeSoto School and the other to the Humane Society of the Delta.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, America's Farmers Grow Communities was open to 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states. As a result of the terrible drought of 2012, the Monsanto Fund opted to double donations to counties that suffered from the historic drought. This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities.
Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Phillips County a disaster area due to the drought, Helton became eligible for $5,000 in donations to his two favorite “worthy causes.”
The purpose of America's Farmers Grow Communities is to help stress the important contributions farmers make every day to society and how they help positively impact their communities.