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Farmer Klent Schnell Gives $2,500 To Bushnell Johnson Fire District


August 22, 2019

Kimball County farmer Klent Schnell recently was awarded an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation of $2,500 and gave it to a local nonprofit organization – the Bushnell Johnson Rural Fire District.

It’s a story that began last summer.

Schnell was in the tractor listening to the radio and heard about the program, which the Bayer Fund sponsors. The program provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to them.

Schnell said he went home that evening and said, “Let’s “see what it entails.”

One grant per county is awarded. The criteria included a verification from FSA on the wheat and corn production.

Last Tuesday, almost a year after he applied, Schnell found out that he was awarded the $2,500.

The money had to be designated to a nonprofit, so the Bushnell Johnson Rural Fire District was a perfect recipient for Schnell. He said it will be used to upgrade protective equipment, training and finishing touches on a new building.

Celebrating its 10th year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities effort under Bayer’s sponsorship has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

“A better life is Bayer’s goal. Farmers are invested in their communities, they root for their neighbors, and they know when and where there is a need,” said Al Mitchell, a Bayer vice president. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why Grow Communities partners with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities.”

More about the program is at http://www.AmericasFarmers.com.


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