Philanthropy at work: Local farmer supports Lowndes County through America’s Farmers Grow Communities

May 22, 2013
L to R: Drake Bassett, Del Lowry, Floyd Lowry and Brent Gholston representing Monsanto

L to R: Drake Bassett, Del Lowry, Floyd Lowry and Brent Gholston (representing Monsanto)


COLUMBUS, Mississippi, February 14, 2013 – Palmer Home for Children will enhance programs for its residents thanks to the support of local farmer, Floyd Lowry, and America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

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

Lowry selected Palmer Home for Children to receive the $2,500 donation. “We are honored to receive the funds from the Lowry family for the third consecutive year,” said Palmer Home for Children Director of Marketing and Communication Katharine Hewlitt.  “The generous donation made possible by the Monsanto Fund will help our Horticulture Therapy Program.  This program provides an opportunity to teach our children structure, fiscal responsibility and discipline, as well as give them an entrepreneurial experience.”

“It’s heart-warming to help the Palmer Home,” said Lowry. “Anything we can do is a pleasure for us.”

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 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to drought.

In Mississippi, $97,500 is being given across 26 counties.

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

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

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The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

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