Saline County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Blackburn First Responders

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ben Kirchhoff, a farmer from Blackburn has been selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities. The award sponsored by Monsanto, gives farmers a chance to win $2,500 for their local nonprofit organization. Kirchhoff has designated Blackburn First Responders, located in Blackburn, to receive the award.

On Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. at the Blackburn Civic Center, a Monsanto representative will present a check to the First Responders.

In 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communities.

America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit