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July 06, 2022

The Labette County FFA Chapter was recently directed a $5,000 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation which is sponsored by the Bayer Fund.  This donation was awarded on behalf of David and Suzann Herold and Mark and Rebecca Helwig, who operate H&H Farms, located in Altamont, KS.  This generous donation will be used to provide scholarships for outgoing senior members as well as offset travel expenses incurred by members who represent the Labette County FFA Chapter.  “We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of David and Suzann as well as Mark and Rebecca.  Their willingness to direct such a large donation to our FFA chapter speaks volumes for their love for our community, our school and our students.  This donation will benefit our members greatly,” said Dustin Wiley, Labette County FFA Advisor.

In 2022, Bayer Fund revamped America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, making it easier for farmers across the country to find and fund the organizations and institutions that keep their communities thriving. This included doubling the individual donations to $5,000, up from $2,500 in previous years to provide a greater impact to local rural communities.

For more than a decade, Grow Communities has partnered with farmers to direct funds to programs and organizations that contribute to their communities’ health and vibrancy, such as food banks, schools and youth agriculture programs. Since the America’s Farmers programs began in 2010, the initiatives have awarded nearly $65 million to such programs.

“Each year we hear from several nonprofit and school leaders, as well as farmers, about the ways Grow Communities has made a difference,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president.

“Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local nonprofit organizations and schools that are improving rural communities in the areas of health and wellness, food and nutrition, and STEM and ag education.”

Farmers can enroll for the opportunity to direct a 2023 Grow Communities donation starting on August 1, 2022. To learn more about the enrollment process and how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit www.Americasfarmers.com.

About Bayer Fund

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

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