Friday, March 20, 2015

Monsanto Funds benefit local fire department

By Will Bublitz

The Hugo Fire Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a cash donation Monday, March 16 by a local rancher through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

 BIG CHECK – The Hugo Fire Department was awarded a $2,500 check from the Monsanto Fund by local rancher Jim Bledsoe on Monday. Pictured here (l-r) are: Assistant Fire Chief Justin Carter, Fire Chief Clayton Hale, Bill and Jim Bledsoe of the Bledsoe Ranch, and Micah Seyler, Monsanto representative.

Jim Bledsoe of the Bledsoe Ranch presented a $2,500 check for the department to Fire Chief Clayton Hale and Assistant Fire Chief Justin Carter during a brief ceremony at the Hugo fire station.

“The Hugo Fire Department has helped our ranch in the past with prairie fires,” Bledsoe said. “So I wanted them to get this donation. Every community needs a good fire department. I know our community can always depend upon this fire department in a fix.”

Bledsoe won the $2,500 check for the Hugo firefighters by applying for it from the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program. Eligible farmers and ranchers in 1,324 counties across 40 states in the United States can enter to win one of the program’s $2,500 donations which can be given to the local nonprofit of their choice including FFA chapters, schools, fire departments and local food pantries.

The Grow Communities program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s goal of investing in farm/ranch communities by providing financial contributions to local organizations that are important to them. More than 89,000 farmers across the country participated in Grow Communities this year.

Also on hand for Monday’s check presentation was Monsanto representative Micah Seyler and Bledsoe ranch owner Bill Bledsoe.

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