Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette Jimmy Sipes and his wife Rhonda (front left) pose with Debbie Childress (holding check), Greg Wilson District Sales Manager Monsato/Channel Seed (far right) and Shirley Payne Channel Seedman Breckinridge County (left of Wilson), along with Alliance employees and several members of the community, including Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson and Jailor Jason Woosley.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

Jimmy Sipes and his wife Rhonda (front left) pose with Debbie Childress (holding check), Greg Wilson District Sales Manager Monsato/Channel Seed (far right) and Shirley Payne Channel Seedman Breckinridge County (left of Wilson), along with Alliance employees and several members of the community, including Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson and Jailor Jason Woosley.

The Grayson County Alliance (GCA) was awarded an "America's Farmers Grow Communities" donation from a local Caneyville farmer, Jimmy Sipes.

According to Debbie Childress, GCA Director, Sipes participated in a survey that would donate money to a nonprofit organization in Grayson County if his name was chosen from the list of applicants and he chose the Alliance.

According to a press release from the GCA, the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits every year.

The press release stated, "Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice."

According to the press release, this program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America since 2010.

According to Childress, Jimmy Sipes won a $2,500 donation for the Grayson County Alliance as part of the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program.

According to the press release, as part of their mission, the Grayson County Alliance will use the funds to establish a dedicated classroom at the Food Pantry.

"The new classroom will help GCA further our mission to provide families with not just a hand out, but a hand up, giving critical support in their more toward self-sufficiency" said Childress.

According to the press release, the organizations benefited by these donations reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs, food banks and many others.

"Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact," said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. "We're proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive."