The Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, has made an $18,600 grant to support the FARMY Program. FARMY (Future Agricultural Resources for Minority Youth) is a career exploration, agricultural sciences program for Pine Bluff, Ark., high school students operated by Bell Community Services, a public charity. The program is sponsored by Bell’s & Associates, Inc., an independent insurance brokerage firm owned by Ellis Bell.
According to Bell, “many high school students are not focused on their careers in this field. As a result they overlook promising career opportunities, and fail to pursue high paying jobs in agricultural sciences. This grant will introduce high school students in Pine Bluff to a variety of interesting career choices they have probably not considered.”
Bell Community Services works in various communities to help students realize their potential through exploration, special events, networking, competitions, research, and special in-school and after-school educational activities.
“Monsanto is committed to supporting the communities where it does business,” said Deborah Patterson, president of the Monsanto Fund. “We are supporting this project in Pine Bluff because it supports teachers who are seeking to expose students to opportunities in science education.”
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources.