Farmers across Nebraska are being given the chance to enhance math and science programs in their community with America's Farmers Grow Rural Education fund sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Farmers have from now until April 15 to get their nominations in to compete for a merit-based grant of up to $25,000. Administrators of nominated school districts are then able to submit grant applications through April 30.
The program aims to highlight the contributions farmers make to society every day.
"We believe engaging rural youth in their math and science studies lays the foundation for a bright future," said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. "This generation is the future of agriculture, and funding from the Grow Rural Education program helps ensure they are ready to be the next great leaders."
Eligible farmers can nominate their favorite public school district by visiting www.GrowRuralEducation.com and following the "Nominate Now" link on the top, left-hand corner of the page. Farmers may also nominate a school district by calling 1-877-267-3332.
In 2012, the following Nebraska school districts received a total of $120,000 to enhance math and science curriculums:
- Cambridge Public Schools, $25,000
- Falls City Public Schools, $25,000
- Hayes Center Public Schools, $10,000
- Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools, $10,000
- Mitchell Public Schools, $10,000
- Northwest Public Schools, $10,000
- Osceola Public Schools, $10,000
- Rock County Public Schools, $10,000
- Thayer Central Community Schools, $10,000
Grants will be awarded by the Monsanto Fund based on merit, need and community support. The America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 30 farmer leaders from across the country, will select the winning grant applications.