WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - Communities aren't made. They're grown. And who better to help grow a community than a farmer? That's the idea behind the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) program, which is providing grants to 66 deserving charities in small towns across the country. Each non-profit was nominated by a local farmer who chose their favourite cause, and each will receive $2,500 from the Monsanto Fund.

Canada's Farmers Grow Communities received 433 entries in the 2014 program, up from 378 last year. Winners were drawn by board members of the independent administrator, Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba, on October 17, 2014 in Winnipeg.

"The Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program is one way for Monsanto to help people in rural communities accomplish common goals," said Trish Jordan, public and industry affairs director at Monsanto Canada. "Farmers have a history of coming together to help their neighbours, and we hope this program highlights that tradition of generosity while also growing stronger rural communities."

Now in its third full year, the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program generated a wide variety of ideas from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. In many cases, the rural-based charitable groups also contributed ideas online at, which allowed them to suggest a cause and find local farmers to support it by submitting an entry.

Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September to submit their entries by visiting the Canada's Farmers website and completing an online application form.

The 2014 recipients service a wide variety of community needs from schools, libraries and local theatres to community halls, sport facilities, health/service clubs and daycares.

For the first time, a dog rescue organization, Valley Mastiff Rescue of La Pêche, QC, is being awarded a grant by Canada's Farmers, thanks to a nomination by Martin Renaud of Green Valley, ON.

"We are very happy that a company like Monsanto has implemented such a beneficial program for charities," said France Turcotte, owner of Valley Mastiff Rescue. "I visit farms often as some of our dogs have been adopted by farmers. We are very grateful that this will help us carry on with our mission."

The Monsanto Fund plans to continue the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program in 2015. Farmers and rural residents can watch for details at winter trade shows and also visit in January 2015 for more information.

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Note: A complete listing of all 66 winning entrants, their farmer nominator and their community, is detailed below.

Canada's Farmers Grow Communities - 2014 Winners
Hanna Girls Pond Hockey
Kevin Bossert, Hanna, AB
Rosalind Volunteer Fire Department Association
Charlie Gould, Rosalind, AB
Carmangay Curling Club
Daniel Greene, Carmangay, AB
Dewberry Hall Society
Gordon Hegedus, Dewberry, AB
Bawlf Educational Support Team
Julie Huseby, Ryley, AB
Children's Wish Foundation
Mike Jackson, Didsbury, AB
Legal Titans 4-H Club
Fred Kieser, Clyde, AB
Acadia Valley & District Rec. Club
Jarrod Kuhn, Acadia Valley, AB
Carseland Public Benefit Club
Teri MacKinnon, Carseland, AB

Stony Plain & Parkland Pioneer Museum

Leona Mychajlunow, Carvel, AB
Elk Point Regional Allied Arts Society
Lynn Osinchuk, Elk Point, AB
Goodridge Agricultural Society
Joanne Richter, Glendon, AB
Donnelly Recreation Society
Rita Therriault, Donnelly, AB
Falher & Area Beautification & Leisure ActivitiesSociety (FABuLAS)
Pauline Therriault, Donnelly, AB
Provost and District Health Service Foundation
Colette Thurston, Irma, AB
Rainbow Literacy Society
Kelly Wickstrom, Vulcan, AB
Fourth Creek Fitness / Spirit River Active Aging
Carrie Yanishewski, Spirit River, AB
North Peace 4-H District Council
Rick Kantz, Fort St. John, BC
Whitewood Action For Families
Donna Beutler, Whitewood, SK
Osler Volunteer Fire Department
Garry Boldt, Osler, SK
Glaslyn Community Enhancement Project
Jerry Booy, Glaslyn, AB
Fiske Recreational Co-operative Association Ltd.
Brenda Cross, Fiske, SK
Assiniboia Auxiliary for Long Term CareHomes
Shirley Derbyshire, Assiniboia, SK
Nokomis Child Care Centre
Donna Edwards, Nokomis, SK
Invermay School Community Council
Kimberly Enge, Invermay, SK
Melfort Minor Football
Lionel Fagnou, Melfort, SK
St. Louis Curling Club
Gordon Finnestad, St. Louis, SK
Lashburn Slo Pitch
Kimberley Gareau, Lashburn, SK
Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society Inc.
Blair Harris, Yorkton, SK
Paradise Hill Care Home Inc.
Tom Hougham, Frenchman Butte, SK
Margo Playground Committee
Lee Johnson, Margo, SK
Macklin Curling Club
Kelly Kidd, Macklin, SK
Edenwold Memorial Rink
Kurtis Kramer, Avonhurst, SK
Broadview Historical and Museum Association
Les Kuculym, Broadview, SK
Dallas Valley Ranch Camp
Jim Latrace, Lumsden, SK
Dinsmore & District Economic Development Inc.
Edith Lytle, Dinsmore, SK
Kelvington Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee
Kelsey Robinson, Kelvington, SK
Beechy Rec Board
Jodi Schury, Beechy, SK
Porcupine Plain Minor Hockey Association
Kirk Smith, Porcupine Plain, SK
Imperial & District Ambulance Inc.
Neil Stevenson, Imperial, SK
Thunderhill Ski Club
Harvey Baldwin, Swan River, MB
Souris Glenwood Foundation Inc.
Allison Barclay, Souris, MB
Charlie Brown Day Care Centre Inc.
Shelly Brunel, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB
Portage Plains United Way Inc.
Kevin Coubrough, Portage la Prairie, MB
Somerset & Area Fitness Centre
Elaine Gaudet, Somerset, MB
Miami School Playground Project
Westin Hill, Miami, MB
Plumas Elementary School Parent Advisory Council
Keith Koncz, Plumas, MB
Lakeside Christian School
Art Peters, Killarney, MB
Melita Pool Committee Inc.
Kyle Serruys, Melita, MB
Lac Du Bonnet Regional Library
Tom Zarecki, Lac du Bonnet, MB
Westmeath Recreation Center
Anne Bromley, Westmeath, ON
Burford Agricultural Society
Larry Davis, Burford, ON
Comber Agricultural Society
William Pearson, Comber, ON
Haldimand 4-H Association
Johan Peter, Wellandport, ON
Stuff the Bus
Melody Quenneville, Stoney Point, ON
Valley Mastiff Rescue
Martin Renaud, Green Valley, ON
Royal Canadian Legion Ripley Branch
Bruce Scott, Lucknow, ON
Watford Optimist
Chris Van Loon, Watford, ON
Teeswater Agricultural Society
Peter VanZeeland, Teeswater, ON
Listowel Agricultural Society
Marilyn Whaley, Listowel, ON
Operation enfant soleil
Jean Daviault, St-Liboire, QC
Corporation l'Espoir
Claude Gervais, Sainte-Martine, QC
La Fabrique de l'le Dupas
Linda Lafontaine, La-Visitation-de-l'Île-Dupas, QC
The Friends of Laurentian Elementary School
John McOuat, Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, QC
Medical Fundraising Project for Meghann Palmer
Brent Anderson, Richmond Settlement, NB
Boys & Girls Club of Summerside
Lynden Ellis, Tyne Valley, PEI

Contact Information:

Monsanto Canada
Trish Jordan
Public and Industry Affairs Director
(204) 985-1005