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Washington County 4-H has received a $2,500 donation from local farmers Kevin and Linda Baird and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will be directed to the Washington County Community Foundation where an account will be created to ensure the 4-H’s future.

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“My kids were involved in the 4-H for ten-plus years,” said Kevin Baird. “They benefited greatly from the 4-H so Linda and I are happy to help.”

The Bairds were surprised to find out that there were no funds designated towards the 4-H already in place at the Community Foundation.

“Right now the Foundation is matching fifty percent of what you put in,” Linda Baird said. “By adding this donation and other donations from the 4-H families, we as a community will continue to support the 4-H for years to come.”

To learn more about donating to the Washington County Community Foundation on behalf of the 4-H, you can contact Lindsey Wade-Swift at the 4-H Extension Office by calling 812-883-4601.

For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.

A sister program in the America’s Farmers effort, Grow Rural Education, is currently in its farmer nomination phase. Farmers interested in supporting math and science education in their communities should visitwww.GrowRuralEducation.com from now through April 1 to learn how.