Drought stricken farmers and rural communities receive double funding
The Needville Youth Fair and the Needville 4-H will now be able to better serve community youth thanks to the support of local farmer, Mark Wesneski, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.
Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.
Fort Bend County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Wesneski the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. Wesneski selected the Needville Youth Fair and the Needville 4-H.
The Needville Youth Fair will use the $2,500 to replace the aged roof on the show barn.
The Needville 4-H will put the donation to work by funding community service projects. Remaining funds will go to the 4-H scholarship fund for graduating seniors.
“My children grew-up showing animals through 4-H and FFA,” said Wesneski. “Showing animals taught them responsibility among so many other life lessons. I can only hope these organizations continue providing that opportunity to others in our community.”
This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.