Monsanto Fund helping keep kids safe by sponsoring FS4JK

Urbandale, Iowa (AgPR) (November 19, 2009) – The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, recently made the safety of our youth a priority by sponsoring Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) with a $14,000 grant.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids raises awareness about health and safety hazards that are an inherent part of the rural environment in which children live, work, and play.

“The backbone of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is our chapters,” said Dave Schweitz, executive director of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids. “This generous donation from the Monsanto Fund will help us provide better education to more children and their families by expanding our chapter network.”

Thanks to the support of agri-business sponsors like the Monsanto Fund, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids is able to provide their chapter volunteers with up to date and pertinent safety education and demonstration resources.

“Monsanto Fund has been supporting this program over the last decade,” said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund. “We are highly committed to ensuring the safety of youth in agricultural communities.”

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) is a non-profit organization working to promote a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. The organization produces and distributes educational materials on various rural safety topics. FS4JK is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers throughout the United States and Canada who conduct educational programs and promote farm safety and health. So far in 2009, FS4JK has delivered more than 1,000 events to over 86,000 children, youth, and families. For more information, call (800) 423-5437 or visit www.fs4jk.org.

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the funds primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant making in fourmain areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture, science education, primarily on professional development of teachers; healthy environment, which includes conservation, protection of biodiversity, clean water and restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in the communities where Monsanto employees life and work. For more information, visit www.monsantofund.org.

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