Groton farmer supports Brown County through Monsanto fund donation

Farm Forum

GROTON- Groton High School and Groton Community Transit will now be able to better serve the community, thanks to the support of local farmer, Bob Walter, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, Grow Communities provides farmers in eligible counties the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. To further support counties declared natural disaster areas by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the drought this year, winning farmers in these counties are able to direct double donations, a total of $5,000.

Brown County was declared a disaster area by the USDA, giving Walter the opportunity to choose two organizations to receive $2,500 donations. He selected the Groton High School and Groton Community Transit. Groton High School will use the donation to support the high school’s golf team.

Groton Community Transit will use the funds to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van to meet senior citizen transportation demands.

“I feel good about winning these donations for our transit service and local high school,” Walter said. “The money will really improve these organizations in my community.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties impacted by the historic drought.

In South Dakota, $225,000 is being given across 47 counties.

For a list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit