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Biar gives America’s Farmer award to Thorndale 4-H, FFA booster club


Local farmer, Darren Biar, directed a $2,500 donation to the Thorndale 4-H and FFA Booster Club through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Pictured are (L-R) winning farmer Darren Biar, Jacob Biar, Shannon Biar, McKenna Biar, Booster Club President Bethany Fisher and Monsanto DSM Scott Taylor. Local farmer, Darren Biar, directed a $2,500 donation to the Thorndale 4-H and FFA Booster Club through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. Pictured are (L-R) winning farmer Darren Biar, Jacob Biar, Shannon Biar, McKenna Biar, Booster Club President Bethany Fisher and Monsanto DSM Scott Taylor. THOR NDA LE­— Milam Count y farmer Dar - ren Biar has directed a $2,500 donation to the Thorndale 4-H and FFA Booster Club. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the organization purchase animals at the Milam County Livestock Show and the Rockdale Fair.

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 club depends exclusively on the generosity of donors,” club president Bethany Fischer said. “We have been able to offer scholarships to graduating 4-H and FFA seniors as well as those continuing their college education. It’s because of people like Darren Biar and his family, who show up, work at fundraisers and nominate our club for donations, that we are able to have the funds to partake in giving back to the members. In return, these 4-H and FFA members of today will be the future of agriculture.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Thorndale 4-H and FFA Booster Club, 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 Darren Biar.

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


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