Kent County farmer Richard Wilkins, president of the Kent County Farm Bureau, directed a $2,500 donation to Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation will use the funds for an outreach program informing consumers and the public about the benefits of innovative agricultural production techniques.

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. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018.

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 and food banks.

“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 the local community is a 2018 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit