Nobles County Farmers Donate Through America's Farmers Grow Communities

(Pictured from left to right - Shawn Vis from Dekalb/Asgrow, Jim Weidert - Lismore Fire Department, Mark Lenz - Winning Farmer, Tom Diekmann - Lismore Fire Department, Darren Jeffers with I-90 Seed Solutions)

LISMORE, Minn. (03-27-14) – Local farmers Mark and Shari Lenz have directed a $2,500 donation to the Lismore Fire and Rescue. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the department purchase new safety equipment. 

Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states.

“The Lismore Fire and Rescue would like to thank the Lenz family and the Monsanto Fund for this generous donation,” said Jim Weidert, fire chief. “We will be able to add four gas detectors, which test for carbon monoxide, and six flashlights to our resources.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Lismore Fire and Rescue, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $16 million to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Mark and Sheri Lenz.

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



Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
5 + 4 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.