Pictured from left to right: Babette Mehling (Treasurer), Brooke Walker (Montello FFA), Samantha Corso (Montello FFA), Gary Skolarz (President), Steve Lefever (Channel DSM), Richard Gumz (winning farmer), Tori Timme (Portage FFA), David Timme (Vice President). (Photo submitted)

Area farmer directs funds to Marquette County Youth Organization Association

America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation supports local organization

MONTELLO, Wis. – Marquette County Youth Organization Association has received a $2,500 donation from Gumz Farms and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization replace the current sound system in the show barn. The Youth County Youth Organization Association serves about 15,000 people in the area.

“The new sound system will benefit the kids when they are showing livestock and for the auction after the fair,” said President Gary Skolarz. “The kids get to show their livestock in the contest and then after the fair there is an auction and they can sell the livestock they showed. The proceeds from the auction go back to the 4-H and FFA to help them with funding.” 

For five years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
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