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Dalton Area Farmer Supports Leyton Foundation Through America's Farmer's Grow Communities


December 12, 2018

Mike Motz

The Ernest family directed a $2500 donation to the Leyton Public School Foundation Thursday night as part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

DALTON – County farmer Pat and DeAnn Ernest directed a $2,500 donation to the Leyton Public School Foundation as part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

"It is the mission of the Leyton Public School Foundation to improve the future quality of life in our community by enhancing academic and extracurricular programs at Leyton Public School. The program was established to aid in improving the school system through a variety of projects and programs that promote a quality learning experience for our students. Receiving this grant that Pat and DeAnn Ernest put our foundation in for will continue our mission. We are working to make improvements to our girls' locker rooms at our elementary and junior high school sites. Athletics are a very important part of the academic program. Student athletes learn how to manage time for practice and games while continuing to balance their grades to maintain eligibility status. Our student athletes need to have adequate facilities to change, shower and store their belongings. It is the goal of the Leyton Foundation to put in benches for storage, hooks for uniforms, install new shower heads and provide closed in shower stalls with curtains," said Dana Morgan, Leyton Public Schools Foundation, Projects Committee Chairman.

Since the program began in 2010, the Grow Communities program has partnered with farmers to support nonprofit organizations important to them in their local communities. The program has given more than $29 million to farming communities since its inception, including more than $3 million in 2018. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit they care about in their community. The organizations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many 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."

To see if a nonprofit in your local community is a 2018 America's Farmers Grow Communities recipient, visit You can also learn more about the Grow Communities program by checking out

About America's Farmers

The America's Farmers campaign highlights the importance of modern U.S. Agriculture through communications and community outreach programs that partner with farmers to impact rural America. To learn more, visit America's Farmers at

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


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