AVALON – The Avalon ISD Junior High Science Department has received a $2,500 donation from Ellis County farmer Steve Beakley and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization purchase materials and equipment for the junior high science classes, grades 6-8.

“The science department just added four new classrooms and these funds are just in time to help them set up their new labs with equipment,” said Beakley.

For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America’s Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture. Today, consumers are more interested than ever in agriculture and how food is grown. Consider joining the conversation and helping to raise awareness about agriculture. Learn more at FoodDialogues.com.

About America’s Farmers

The America’s Farmers initiative celebrates U.S. farmers and highlights the importance of agriculture through communications and community outreach programs. To learn more, visit America’s Farmers at www.americasfarmers.com.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.