Farmers Grow Communities

Last fall, like I do every year, I entered the Farmers Grow Communities contest, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, and it was my LUCKY year! America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations to strengthen rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. When I found out I had won in January, I was extremely excited! After talking it over with Rick, we decided to donate it to the nonprofit organization that means the most to me, Hay Springs Public School. I chose to split the money between the Elder’s Wisdom program and the Veterans Day program, the two programs that I hold near and dear to my heart. I hope that this $2,500 donation will allow these programs to continue for years to come. I feel they grow our rural community of Hay Springs by bridging the gap between generations and growing our youth through the wisdom of our elders. Farmers watch for the postcard in the mail and enter the contest, it might just be your LUCKY year!

–Emma Strotheide

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