Iowa's Living History Farms Receives Monsanto Fund Grant

Rural America is made of passionate people and organizations. Living History Farms is one such organization, and Monsanto nominated and helped it receive a $20,000 grant to honor its dedication to the betterment of agriculture and rural America.

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, presented Living History Farms with a $20,000 check at a presentation at Living History Farms on Sunday, Oct. 2. Located in Urbandale, the nonprofit is committed to preservation of agriculture. It also strives to educate the public about the significance of agriculture in the development of America. Living History Farms will use the grant to support education and outreach programs in the local community.

"The Monsanto Fund plays an integral role in serving our community by supporting our learning excursions, enrichments, interns and outreach opportunities,” Ruth Haus, president of Living History Farms Foundation, said. “Without its support, we simply could not serve more than 20,000 school children who visit Living History Farms annually."

Dave Snedden, Monsanto manufacturing lead, was also excited to play a part in the donation.

“I am extremely pleased to see the Living History Farms receive this recognition for the great work they are doing to in agriculture education,” Snedden said. “With Monsanto being 100 percent committed to agriculture, it feels natural to support an organization that is also committed to education in the history of agriculture.”

This grant is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, which is focused on strengthening farming communities, as well as the communities where Monsanto’s employees live and work. To learn more about the Monsanto Fund, visit