Shelbyville Daily Union

March 10, 2014

Local farmer supports Strasburg Farmer's Market through 'America's Farmers Grow Communities'


SHELBYVILLE, IL. — STRASBURG, Ill. – Shelby County farmer Floyd Storm has directed a $2,500 donation to the Strasburg Farmer’s Market. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will help the group purchase electrical outlets and lights for the parking lot located next to the Strasburg Community Building.

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.

“The funds received will enhance the parking lot that is used for our Farmer’s Market,” said Village Clerk Linda Oakley.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Strasburg Farmer’s Market, 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 Floyd Storm.

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