Cooper County farmer wins $2,500 for Bunceton Lions Club

by: Boonville Daily News

Bunceton —

Keith Bail of Boonville has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gave farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Bail has designated Bunceton Lions Club Building Project, located in Bunceton, to receive the donation.

Bail said he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Cooper County. “We’re excited that we can better our rural community through the Grow Communities program.”

Brian Emde, Bunceton Lions Club President, said, “Being in a small rural community, the Bunceton Lions Club has to have many fundraising events over several years to provide funds needed for a major project. These funds will be used to help us provide handicap access to our facility, so we can be an even greater community resource. Our thanks to the Monsanto Fund and Keith Bail who provided the opportunity. The Bunceton Lions Club is both honored and grateful.”

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held April 11 at the Bunceton Lions Club.

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. In total, more than $320,000 has been donated to nonprofits in Missouri.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit to view a complete list of winners.