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updated 4:49 PM CST, Nov 22, 2014

Local Farmer Supports Monroe County Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(3/12/13)  Kendall Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) and Kendall Rural Routers 4-H Club will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmers, Ken and Mary Cook, and America's Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Monroe County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving the Cooks the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. The Cooks selected the KVFD and Kendall Rural Routers 4-H Club. KVFD will use the donation to purchase a new light bar for one of the emergency response units, which will allow better control of traffic flow at highway accident scenes.

               "With the purchase of the new light bar, this donation will allow us to better protect the public and our emergency responders," said Bryon Trepes, KVFD treasurer and secretary.

               The Kendall Rural Routers 4-H Club will use the donation to help support other local community organizations including the Tomah VA Medical Center, the legion auxiliary and the local food pantry.

               This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

In Wisconsin, $247,500 is being given across 56 counties.

               America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America.

For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit

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