January 25, 2012
Statistics show that the United States ranks 25th in math scores and 21st in science, compared to 30 industrialized nations. These facts show that education is strongly in need of support.
To help, Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, is launching America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education to aid rural school districts by providing $10,000 and $25,000 grants in 1,245 counties across 39 states.
“We believe our rural communities are the heart of America,” said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. “We want to help strengthen local communities and education systems, especially in the areas of science and/or math. A strong science and math education helps build a foundation for many careers in agriculture, but also will help our students to be more competitive with those in larger cities and other nations.”
Overall, the Monsanto Fund will donate more than $2.3 million to school districts in 39 states through this program.