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Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program accepting applications

Jan. 8, 2013, Winnipeg, MB - Canada's Farmers Grow Communities is about growing communities and improving lives. With the generous support of the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, Canada's Farmers Grow Communities will give back to farmers and rural communities by providing farmers with a chance to win $2,500 for a local charitable or not-for-profit group important to them and their rural community.

First offered on a Canada-wide basis in 2012, a total of 58 winners nominated by farmers in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. received $145,000 in grant money to support charitable and not-for-profit groups in their community.

Winning entries last year covered a wide range of focus areas from agricultural societies, playgrounds, daycares and school projects to community sporting organizations, libraries and health/service groups. A complete listing of last year's winners is posted online at the www.CanadasFarmers.ca.

In 2013, two (2) $2,500 grants will be awarded in each of 30 different territories across the grain growing regions of northeastern BC (Peace River district), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. A total of $150,000 in grant money will be made available across Canada to charitable and not-for-profit groups that are making a difference in the lives of rural residents.

An additional feature of the program allows other non-farming residents living within rural communities to go online and make suggestions of worthy groups or projects for a farmer to consider using in his/her Canada's Farmers Grow Communities application.

The application submission period has been extended for 2013, giving farmers more time to consider and submit an application between January 7, 2013 and September 30, 2013. Visit www.CanadasFarmers.ca where complete contest rules and an online application form are available.