Ruth Spaniel, Edwin Spaniel, program development librarian Nelda Curlin and Monsanto Company territory sales manager Doug Pustejovsky were on hand for the recent presentation of a donation from the Monsanto Company to Nicholas P. Sims Library.

“The Monsanto Company is donating to a total of 1,200 counties in the U.S., rural counties where our farmers are our business and they buy products from us. One way to try to highlight what they do and help rural communities is the America’s Farmers Grow Communities campaign,” Pustejovsky said.

Monsanto will spend about $3 million across the country.

From September through December, farmers in Ellis County had the opportunity to sign up for a program called America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The program gave farmers the chance to win $2,500 for a nonprofit organization in their community. Edwin Spaniel was selected as the winning farmer in Ellis County; his nomination was for Sims Library to receive the funding.

The funds will go toward the purchase of large print books and audio books and add homebound delivery. Waxahachie Foundation is giving the library a grant to match the one from Monsanto.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers have participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations.

For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit