COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County farmer Tim Lamle of Lamle Family Farms directed a $2,500 donation to Whitley County 4-H Inc. as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

As part of their mission, Whitley County 4-H Inc. used the funds to help replace the well at the fairgrounds. “The donation from the Lamle family is greatly appreciated and gives us the much needed funds to replace the aging well at the fairgrounds.” said, Jeff Geiger, Whitley County 4-H Inc. Board President.

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, food banks and many others.

“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.”