Farmers can nominate schools for STEM grants

By: Staff report

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program is back, and eligible Bladen County farmers can now nominate local public schools for the chance to win $10,000 and $25,000 grants to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

The number of jobs with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering and math is expected to grow significantly over the next 10 years, according to the National Science and Math Initiative.

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, will award approximately $2.3 million in 2017 to deserving school districts – giving famers the opportunity to make a difference in their community and contribute to local students’ success. Since the program began in 2011, it has awarded more than $11 million to schools in rural America.

Farmers can nominate their school district from now through April 1. Bladen County farmers can nominate eligible public school districts online at or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.

After the school district receives a nomination, the Monsanto Fund will notify the district and encourage administrators and teachers to design a grant that enhances STEM education in their district.

Nominated school districts have until April 15 to submit a grant application describing their project. An advisory council composed of farmer leaders then reviews finalist applications and selects the winning school districts.

More information on the program can be found in the press release below. Additionally, if you’re interested, I can connect you with a program spokesperson for more details, as well as provide information on past winning school districts in your area.

Staff report