Farmer supports Salvation Army

Published 5:32 pm Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Salvation Army of Suffolk will be able to continue serving the community with the support of local farmer, Carson Ashburn, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Local farmer Carson Ashburn, left, chose the Salvation Army to receive a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Glenn Rountree of Monsanto is on the right, and the Salvation Army’s Maj. Cal Clatterbuck is in the center.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice.

Ashburn selected The Salvation Army to receive the $2,500 donation. The Salvation Army offers a range of activities and services within the community.

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“It feels great to be able to give back to the Salvation Army,” Ashburn said.

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through the program, which includes double donations for counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought.

In Virginia, $52,500 is being given across 14 counties. America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s overall effort to strengthen rural America.