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Farmer wins $2,500 for fire department to use to buy equipment

Longmeadow Fire Department to receive money from Monsanto Fund

March 27, 2013
  • Longmeadow Fire Department received $2,500 from the Monsanto Fund. From left, firefighter Jeremy Smiley; Monsanto representative Brian Cox; Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department President Kiel Lyons; Ben Flaherty; Fire Chief Jason Eckstine; and firefighter Bryan Evans.
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The Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department will now be able to better serve the community thanks to the support of local farmer Ben Flaherty and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which is the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Co., Grow Communities provides eligible farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation for a local nonprofit organization of their choice. 

Flaherty selected the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department to receive the $2,500 donation.

“We will equip the Rapid Intervention Team bag that will contain a collection of equipment such as a one-hour air cylinder, spare air hoses, and various hand tools vital to the success of the team and allows them to deploy quickly and efficiently,” said Kiel Lyons, Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Department president. 

“They are a great group of people; they have responded to fires on our farm and I really appreciate all their hard work and dedication,” Flaherty said.   

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This year, the Monsanto Fund will invest nearly $6 million in rural America through Grow Communities, which includes double donations for counties that have been declared natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought. 

In Maryland, $60,000 is being given across 14 counties.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to partner with farmers in helping them positively impact their communities. The program is part of the Monsanto Fund’s effort to strengthen rural America. 

For a list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, go to growcommunities.com.

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