America's Farmers

As part of our commitment to the future of Illinois, we’re pleased to offer our farmers opportunities to help us give back to the community. Through the America’s Farmers advocacy program, we recognize Illinois farmers for their hard work and celebrate their accomplishments. We hope you’ll get involved.

  • With the help of farmers, America’s Farmers Grow Communities will award another $3 million in 2017 to help support causes that make a positive impact in rural communities across America. Farmers have the opportunity to enroll for a chance to win a $2,500 donation to direct toward their favorite community nonprofit organization. Farmer enrollment for the 2018 program is open from August 1, 2017 - November 1, 2017. Learn more.
  • America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, partners with farmers to award rural youth $1,500 scholarships to support their studies in ag-related fields after high school. This year, more than a half-million dollars in scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students in rural communities across the country. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available in a variety of fields including: farming, agronomy, education, science, technology, business, communications and more. Learn more.
  • The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program offers farmers the opportunity to nominate rural public school districts to compete for merit-based grants of either $10,000 or $25,000. Learn more.
  • Recognize your mom, wife, sister, etc., for all she does for your family, farm, community and agriculture. Nominate her for Farm Mom of the Year. Five regional winners will receive $3,000 each and one grand prize winner will receive an additional $2,000. Each winner will also nominate a charity to receive a $2,000 grant donation. Find out if your mom is eligible.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting families and communities in our region through one – or all – of these initiatives. ​​​