Justin Turner of Mer Rouge was selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. To further support counties and parishes that have been declared disaster areas due to drought by the USDA, winning farmers in these counties were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5,000 to further support the community. Morehouse Parish was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Turner the opportunity to place two $2,500 donations. Turner selected the Mer Rouge Community Chest and Oak Woods of Mer Rouge Rehab and Wellness.

In 1,271 eligible counties and parishes in 39 states, farmers could sign up for the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit. This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties suffering from the historic drought.

A check presentation was held Tuesday at the Mer Rouge State Bank and Turner's secretary, Millicent Oldham and Monsanto Territory Sales Manager Randy Giesbrecht presented checks to Oakwoods Administrator Susan Musgrove and Mer Rouge Community Chest representative Nancy Lowery.

America's Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society and to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural America. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.