Chrisman FFA receives grant thanks to local family

County farmers Matt and Lisa Ellis and family directed a $2,500 to the Chrisman FFA as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. 

As part of their mission, Chrisman FFA will use the funds to purchase seven new tables for the chapter’s greenhouse that will benefit their plants for the upcoming spring sale.

“We can’t put in words how appreciative we are to the Ellis family for choosing us to receive donation that will help our chapter greenhouse tremendously,” said Chrisman FFA President Kyle Webster. 

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities.

Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community.

The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. 

“We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.” 

To see if a nonprofit in your local community is a 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out 

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