Grant given to Cisco Fire Department

Piatt County farmer Gary Norfleet helped direct a $2,500 donation to the Cisco Fire Protection District as part of the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

Cisco Fire Chief Matt Wilhelm said the funds will go for turnout gear for firefighters, and also get other needed personal protection equipment for its 29 firefighters.

“We here with the Cisco Fire Protection would like to thank Mr. Norfleet for nominating us for this grant. With this grant we will be able to buy needed equipment so we can continue to provide a high level of service to the people in our district,” said Wilhelm.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations in their local communities. More than $29 million has been given to farming communities, including more than $3 million in 2018.

Farmer driven
Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in the community. Recipients have included emergency response agencies, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and 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.”

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