An ag chemical company is offering $2,500 awards to non-profit groups in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Gayla Daugherty, the community relations manager for Monsanto, says the grants are made through nominations by farmers.

She says it is a pilot program in all of Iowa and parts of Missouri and Arkansas. Daugherty says farmers can go on-line and fill out a nomination form. Daughtery says the farmers have until February 28th to make the nominations. Daughtery says the group has to be a 501-3-C organization and she says they are big supporters of ag youth programs like FFA and 4-H and that’s what a lot of applicants are choosing. She says they are also selecting things like libraries and fire departments.

She says it takes just a few minutes to make a nomination. You can go to the website: www.growcommunities.com or call 1-877-267-3332 to make a nomination. The winners of the awards will be named in March. Farmers must be age 21 and over, and be actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn and/or soybeans.