Perham area farmer Dean Schultz recently directed a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Perham. Farmers enroll for the donations and then select a non-profit.

The school will use the funds to purchase Chromebooks for third and fourth grade students to use in the classrooms.

"They will allow students the opportunity to explore the wider world around them and extend their voices through multi-media projects," said Shanda Kraft, school secretary, in an email to the Focus.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $57 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America, according to an America’s Farmers news release. Farmers know the needs of their communities best so the America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.

The Grow Communities program partners with farmers across the country to provide nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Each August, farmers can enter for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America, according to the release.

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“Each donation shines a light on the organizations that are making a positive difference in rural communities across the country," said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president, in the release.

America’s Farmers, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is focused on strengthening rural America through three community outreach programs that partner with farmers to make an impact in communities where farmers live and work.

The Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

To learn how you can be an America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit