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Grundy County farmer supports Reinbeck Fire Department through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

March 2, 2014
Reinbeck Courier

REINBECK, Iowa - Local farmer Melvin Schildroth has directed a $2,500 donation to the Reinbeck Fire Department. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase a new ambulance to enhance its medical service offerings.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

"The members of our local fire department volunteer their time to protect our community and are always there when we need them," Schildroth said. "I feel fortunate that I can help support them in this way, as they are a much-needed organization in our area."

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Pictured left to right: Janet Schildroth, Melvin Schildroth (winning farmers), Jamie Eiffler (Reinbeck Fire Department Chief), and Curtis Mackie (Monsanto representative).
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America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Reinbeck Fire Department, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer's nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America's Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America's Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers Melvin Schildroth.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit



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