Monsanto gives $2,500 to Albion FFA

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Members of the Albion FFA are pictured with Albion farmers Doug and Mitchell Kirby, and Kurt Zinkievich, a lead salesman for Growmark in Knowlesville. Monsanto district sales manager Nathan Holt also was in Albion to present the ceremonial check to the chapter.

ALBION – The Albion FFA received a $2,500 check today from Monsanto through its America’s Farmers Grow Communities, money that will help the chapter send students to leadership camp, buy FFA corduroy jackets and address other needs for the chapter and its members.

“We can’t thank people enough for helping our chapter,” said Adam Krenning, the FFA advisor and agriculture teacher.

Albion farmer Doug Kirby and his son Mitchell were chosen by Monsanto to pick the recipient of the $2,500. Monsanto is giving out $2,500 grants in 1,289 counties in the United States. The company randomly selects a farmer from a county. That farmer can then pick an organization for the funds.

The Kirbys farm about 600 acres, including 300 acres of corn, 200 acres of soybeans, 80 acres of apples and 10 acres of vegetables. The family runs Kirby Cider Mill on Butts Road in Albion.

Doug Kirby said he wanted to help the FFA. He graduated from Albion in 1976 and was a member of the FFA chapter.

Monsanto previously gave the Albion chapter a $25,000 grant to help establish a 5-acre land lab on the school campus.