Wapello County farmers support county 4-H Expo through America’s Farmers Grow Communities


OTTUMWA, Iowa (April 2, 2014) – Local farmers Paul and Janet Jacobs have directed a $2,500 donation to the Wapello County 4-H Expo. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help pay for supplies for the free activities available to the public during the expo.

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“Our 4-H Expo holds a huge event every July to exhibit projects for the 4-H program in Wapello County,” said Jess Heisdorffer, county 4-H office manager. “It is free and open to the public, so every year we work to raise all of the funding necessary to have the event, and this donation will be a great help in that effort.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Wapello County 4-H Expo, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Paul and Janet Jacobs.

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