NERSBA receives Grow Communities donation

Published 6:53 pm Monday, June 5, 2017

From the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience

JAMESVILLE — Martin County farmer Kirk Tice has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience.

NERSBA will use the funds to supplement curriculum and professional development needs at the school.

“The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience is most appreciative of Mr. Kirk Tice for selecting our school to be the recipient of this grant and for the continued support the Monsanto Corp. provides agricultural education and biotechnology programs on a local, state and national level. This program enhances the growth and development of young professionals who will be providing the leadership and guidance to meet the food and fiber challenges with a growing population on the face of this planet. The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience will utilize the financial resources from this award program to support our overall curricular instructional programs to promote career development in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers,” said Hallet S. Davis Jr., NERSBA principal.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit