Representatives of the Monsanto fund met with members of the Butterfield-Odin School and Watonwan County 4-H to present checks from Steven Ringen, the winner of the Watonwan County for America Farmers Grow Communities contest sponsored by the Monsanto fund.
Ringen was selected the winner in Watonwan County and was given the opportunity to choose two organizations toward which he could make $2,500 donations. He decided on the Butterfield-Odin school district and Watonwan County 4-H.
Under the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, eligible farmers in 1,271 counties across 39 states can enter to win $2,500 in donations for a non-profit of their choice. Because of the drought conditions in the region, the Mansanto company decided to double that donation this year.
“The purpose of Grow Communities is to recognize the vital role that America’s farmers play and to help them grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them,” said Monsanto Sales Representative Dan Lemmon.
With more than 60,000 farmers across the country participating in the program, one winning farmer is selected from each eligible county.
The money donated to Butterfield-Odin School will be used to purchase iPads for the classrooms, as Butterfield-Odin continues to move forward toward their goal of being a completely paperless institution. They have already ordered ten more iPads with the donated money and money collected by the senior class.
The 4-H club will be using their money for their robotics campaign, shooting sports, the cloverbuds and to plant trees at the Watonwan County Fairgrounds.