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America's Farmers Grow Rural Education announces 2014 Finalists

The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year's America's Farmers Grow Rural Education grants. From January through March, farmers across the country nominated their local public school districts for the grants. Once nominated, these districts were eligible to submit completed grant applications in April.

Over the past month, a panel of educators from ineligible counties reviewed all of the grant applications. The strongest submissions were selected as finalists and will be sent to the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council for final review. Composed of farmer-leaders from across the U.S. with a vested interest in both agriculture and education, the Advisory Council will select the winning school districts.

These local school districts are in the running for grants of up to $25,000:

Menahga Public School District 821

Verndale Public School District

Wadena-Deer Creek School District 2155

The winning grant recipients will be announced in early August.