BOONE, Iowa (WTVA) -- Rural schools help grow the next generation by planting seeds of knowledge, passion and imagination in the youth of rural America.
Now, local farmers and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education are helping to prepare the next generation of industry leaders to meet the challenges that come with feeding an ever increasing population.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a merit based grant of either $10,000
or $25,000 to enhance education in the areas of math and/or science.
More than 1,000 nominated school districts submitted applications.
The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million in 176 rural schools through this program.
After being nominated by local farmers, school districts completed an online application and finalists were chosen by math and science teachers from ineligible school districts.
The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of 26 prominent farmers from across the country, then reviewed the finalists’ applications and selected the winners.
There were 176 school districts in 35 states that received grants of up to $25,000, including the Pontotoc County School District.