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March 1, 2013

Monsanto, Timms donate $5,000 to 4-H, FFA programs

ENID, Okla. — Monsanto teamed up with a local family Friday to donate $5,000 to local 4-H and FFA programs.

Jason Lawles, Monsanto district sales manager, presented Deena and Rodney Timm with two checks for $2,500 during a break in the hog show at the Garfield County Spring Livestock Show.

The Timms passed the money on to support county 4-H and FFA programs.

The $5,000 was made possible through the Monsanto Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which allows farmers to “enter to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization.”

Suggested donation recipients include “4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups.”

In counties designated as disaster areas due to drought, Monsanto allows winning farmers to receive a second $2,500 donation to pass on to their favorite nonprofit.

Lawles said Garfield County is one of six counties in the state currently eligible for the $5,000 in donations through the Monsanto Fund.

Lawles said the donations are a way for Monsanto to “invest back into the local communities.”

Rodney Timm said he and Deena chose to donate the $5,000 to the county’s 4-H and FFA programs through the spring livestock show, so the funds could be equally spread between participating students. One of the checks was designated for Garfield County Sirloin Club, the second for Garfield County Booster Club.

“We’ve been involved in livestock shows with our kids, and now our grandkids are getting started, so this was a way for us to give back to 4-H and FFA,” Rodney said. “This way each of the programs in the county will receive a little bit more in their premium checks.”

Deena said she was glad to be able to give back to the county livestock programs.

“We’ve been involved in livestock shows our entire lives,” she said, “and we’ll do anything we can to support 4-H and FFA.”

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