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Members of the Colquitt County Young Farmers join Garrett Wingate in celebration. Wingate was chosen by America’s Farmers Grow Communities to receive a $2,500 grant for his favorite charity, and Wingate picked the local Young Farmers organization to get the money.

With an estimated nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, the future of farming depends on America’s youth. Organizations like the Colquitt County Young Farmers chapter help turn these young farmers into community and industry leaders who will be able to meet the challenges of our growing population. Thanks to one local farmer and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the Colquitt County Young Farmers chapter can continue to help its members carry on the proud tradition of American farming.

Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Garrett Wingate was the winning farmer in Colquitt County and, as the president of the organization, chose to direct the $2,500 to the Colquitt County Young Farmers chapter.

The organization will use the $2,500 to begin a fund to create a scholarship that will go to one senior ag student each year. The Colquitt County Young Farmers chapter will also use the donation to purchase equipment that will be used by both the Young Farmers chapter and the local FFA.

“The mission of the Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program is to provide educational instruction and opportunities to individuals engaged in the agricultural industry which will increase their proficiency in agricultural production, management, agribusiness and leadership,” said Gene Hart, Colquitt County Young Farmers advisor. “Thanks to Garrett Wingate and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, we will be able to provide our young farmers with even more educational opportunities.”

In a ceremony held Monday, Feb. 27, at the Colquitt County Ag Complex, Wingate got the chance to present his Young Farmers chapter with the $2,500 donation.

Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:

• Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

• The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

• More than $77,500 in total has been donated to nonprofits in Georgia.

• A list of all winners and more information can be found at


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