Area Farmer Wins Monsanto Contest

Thursday, February 6, 2014
On hand for the Monsanto grant check presentation at the Piggott Public Library last week were, from left: David Stone, regional sales manager for Monsanto, Jody Henderson, Piggott Library Director Gay Johnson and Joseph Henderson.

Piggott area farmer Joseph C. Henderson was selected as a winner in the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" contest sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Henderson selected the Piggott Public Library as the recipient of the $2,500 prize, and on Wednesday, Jan. 29, a check presentation ceremony was held at the local library.

Prior to his retirement, Henderson farmed some 850 acres east of Piggott. He began farming the land, which is located east of the Four-Mile-Turn between Piggott and Holcomb, after being discharged from the Navy in 1961.

Joining Henderson at the check presentation ceremony was his son, Jody, who has taken over the family farming operation in recent years. Also on hand for the occasion were regional sales manager David Stone of Monsanto and Piggott Library Director Gay Johnson.

"The Monsanto program works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities," Stone said of the presentation. "We encourage all of our farmers to enter to win the funds, which are then directed to the nonprofit of their choice."

Launched nationally in 2011, the program has grown to include 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. The effort is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, and is part of the America's Farmers initiative which seeks to highlight the important contributions farmer make every day to society.

"The Piggott Library is thrilled with the wonderful donation by the Henderson family", Johnson noted. "We are so thankful for this generous donation, and so thankful that they thought of the library!"

She noted the donation has been earmarked to replace and update some of the Juvenile Non-Fiction books and to purchase books for the 2014 Summer Reading Program. "It's so exciting to think of how many children this donation will benefit," she surmised.

The America's Farmers campaign is an advocacy program which celebrates U.S. farmers through communications, awards and special programs which highlight the importance of modern American agriculture.

Other initiatives include-America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, which supports rural education by allowing farmers to nominate local school districts for merit-based grants to enhance math and science education and America's Farmers Mom of the Year, which celebrates women in agriculture by offering them a chance to win up to $10,000 and the title "National Farmer's Mom of the Year."

A new program, America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, is being launched this year in Alabama, Indiana, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Carolina. It aims to encourage the next generation to remain involved in agriculture by offering students a chance to apply for a $1,500 scholarship.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Those wanting more information may visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org

Those wanting more information about the America's Farmers program may visit them online at www.americasfarmers.com

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