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Local farmer donates to DeKalb County 4-H through Bayer

Man and woman holding sign with text 2023 Winner $5,000

SYCAMORE, Ill. – Local farmer Ken Stark directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to DeKalb County 4-H in 2023.

“We would like to thank Ken for this amazing donation to the DeKalb County 4-H program and Bayer for sponsoring the opportunity. It will truly make an impact in our local program,” said Johnna Jennings, 4-H Youth Development Educator in DeKalb County. "This donation will allow us to reach more youth in DeKalb County," stated Nicole Groezinger, DeKalb County 4-H Program Coordinator.

Since 2010, America’s Farmers programs have awarded nearly $65 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students, and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, so America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the worthiest causes.

Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $5,000 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president.

To learn more about how America’s Farmers are making an impact, visit

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