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Tama County farmer supports North Tama through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

March 14, 2014
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Local farmers Ramona (Ruth) and Hugh Calderwood, Jr. have directed a $2,500 donation to North Tama High School. Funded by America's Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the school fund programs in the areas of agriculture, science and math.

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.

"North Tama High School would like to thank Ramona Calderwood for directing this donation to us through America's Farmers Grow Communities," said Terrill Karr, business manager at the school. "This money will be put to great use at North Tama and is greatly appreciated!"

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Pictured above are (L to R): Trisha Kennedy - North Tama School Board President, Bob Cue - North Tama Superintendent, Calderwood Farms Family: Ramona (Ruth), Hugh Jr, David and Michael Calderwood, and Bill Bormann- Monsanto District Sales Manager.

America's Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like North Tama High School, 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 $13 million to more than 5,200 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 Ramona Calderwood.

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



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