Benton County farmer directs America’s Farmers Grow communities donation to Van Horne Fire Department

Larry Hlas (secretary), Jeremy Hlas (chief), Katlyn Hlas, Joshua Hlas, Tyler Schwartz (training officer), Trevor Vogeler (assistant chief), and Matt Matheny (Treasurer) of the Van Horne Fire Department with the a check given to them from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.
  • The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, partners with farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits to help their communities.
  • Through the program, farmers enroll for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization of their choice.
  • The America’s Farmers programs have given more than $59 million to rural America since 2010.

Van Horne, IA July 15th, 2021 – Local farmer David Frazier recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Van Horne Fire Department. Van Horne Fire Department will use the funds to help purchase new SCBAs (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.

“We would like to thank David Frazier for nominating us to receive this donation. This donation will help us update our SCBAs to meet the new standards and provide better firefighter safety.” said, Jeremy Hlas, Van Horne Fire Department, Fire Chief.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes.

Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”

To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit

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