Gift from Monsanto directed to 4-H

Gift from Monsanto directed to 4-HBertha Hamon (right), 102, is joined by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are involved in 4-H. From left are Kaye Kabus, Pat Winsor, representing the 4-H Foundation, Conrad Kabus, Jarett Wildeman, Matthew Hamon, Taylor Hamon, JoLina Wildeman, Faith Wildeman, Carter Kabus, Paige Wildeman, Jacob Hamon, John Hamon.

by Davis Publications staff

Bertha Hamon, Valley Falls, chose to enrich the Jefferson County 4-H program when she was selected to receive a $2,500 award from the Monsanto Fund.

A ceremony was held at the 4-H fairgrounds Nov. 22 when Mike Glasnapp, the Monsanto representative for northeast Kansas, presented a check to Hamon.

The presentation was made at the start of a Jefferson County 4-H Council meeting attended by Mrs. Hamon’s family.

The money will be split with $750 going to the Clover Power and Valley Victors 4-H clubs and the remaining $1,000 going to the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation.

Mrs. Hamon chose the two clubs because she has grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are active members of those clubs.

The award was made available through Monsanto Fund’s America’s

Farmers Grow Communities Project. Farmers are given the chance to apply for a grant that in turn is awarded to the winner’s choice of nonprofit organizations in their community.

Bertha Hamon, who is 102, and her late husband, John, were founders of the Hamon Seed Farms, near Valley Falls. The seed company continues to be operated by their children and spouses, Charles and Mary Jo Hamon and Harvey and Nancy Fasse.

In its initial year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has provided nearly 500 farmers in 10 states with $2,500 awards to direct to their favorite nonprofit organization.

This fall the program expanded nationwide to more than 1,200 counties in 38 states. The program is part of a broad commitment by Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by helping them grow their local communities.

More than 20,000 farmers participated in the 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 growcommunities.com.

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