Jefferson County farmer Tom Blobaum has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Fairbury FFA Chapter.
The Fairbury FFA Chapter will use the funds to help students pay for the state and national FFA conferences.  They will also be using the funds to help students in their development of community service projects and their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs.  
“Everyday I am amazed at the support that our chapter receives from local farmers like Mr. Blobaum.  Our FFA members are so appreciative of his kindness and generosity and will be putting these funds to good use as we continue building the next generation of agricultural leaders in our community and state,” said Thomas Dux, Fairbury FFA Advisor.  
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
 “Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit