Ladybugs and Beetles receive $2,500 donation

Local farmer Judith Rawlings has directed a $2,500 donation to the Ladybugs and Beetles 4-H Club. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help support scholarships, trip conference expenses, and membership costs.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. “Our family have all been members of 4-H, and the connections you make carry on even after you leave the program,” Rawlings said. “The club is a great organization for kids to get interested in agriculture.” America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Ladybugs and Beetles 4-H Club, 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 $16 million to more than 6,500 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 Judith Rawlings.