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Beebe Farmer Directs Winning Donation to ASU-Beebe Agriculture Department

~Donation Funds to Help with New Equipment for Soils Laboratory at ASU-Beebe

BEEBE, Ark. – The Agriculture Department at Arkansas State University-Beebe recently received a generous $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program sponsored by the Bayer Fund. The donation was directed by Cathy Eoff as the farm owner and local winner. Eoff selected ASU-Beebe as her local non-profit organization choice to receive the donation.

America’s Farmers, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is focused on strengthening rural America through three community outreach programs that partner with farmers to make an impact in communities where farmers live and work. The programs have given more than $53 million to rural nonprofit organizations since 2010 and include: Grow Communities, Grow Rural Education and Grow Ag Leaders. To learn more about the three programs visit

Eoff, whose family owns and farms over 1,100 acres in southeastern Missouri, said she enrolled in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, “because I knew how much a donation would mean to a non-profit organization in our community – like ASU-Beebe.”

Eoff said her intent in selecting ASU-Beebe’s Agriculture Department for the donation was to help future farmers in the local area to train for the future and succeed! “Education is the key to excellence in any field of work; therefore, I feel this donation will be very beneficial to students striving to be farmers for the future in our community,” Eoff said.

Dr. Jennifer Methvin, chancellor of ASU-Beebe said, “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation. As the state’s oldest community college, and the only two-year college with a working farm, this donation will go far in benefitting our agriculture department.”

Chuck Wisdom, assistant professor of agriculture, said the funds would be used to update equipment and resources in the agriculture department’s soils laboratory.

The purpose of Grow Communities is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them.

Each year from August 1-November 1, eligible farmers can enroll for a chance to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit. To enroll, farmers can go to or call the toll-free number 877-267-3332 to enter. In December, farmer winners will be randomly selected and announced in January.

“It only takes a few minutes to enroll in the process, apply, and possibly obtain a donation for a rural non-profit in your community and help someone in need,” Eoff said. “Please, take time today to ‘pay it forward’ for your community!”

Eligible farmers can enroll for a chance to help a local nonprofit organization in your hometown with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund.

Farmer Eligibility Requirements - 21 years or older and actively farming 250 acres or more of any crop.

To learn more visit the website at


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