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Local farmer Paul Groenenboom recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to North Mahaska School District. North Mahaska will use the funds for various school activities.

“We are so grateful for the donation and the continued support of our school by community patrons,” said school superintendent Angela Livezey. “The money will be dedicated to student safety by providing activities such as farm safety.”

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the worthiest causes.

Mahaska County farmer Paul Groenenboom received a $2,500 grant from Bayer, Corp. He asked the funds be presented to North Mahaska to assist with farm safety activities.

Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities.

Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”

To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit their site now.