Agricultural communities play a vital role in feeding the global population, and with the effects of last year’s drought lingering well into this year, it is apparent that efficient and sustainable agricultural practices are more important than ever. With that in mind, Toro has introduced ‘Ready. Set. GROW!‘ an all-new program that awards $15,000 in grants to help agricultural communities promote efficient and sustainable agricultural practices.
But to make the program a success, Toro is asking for YOUR help in recognizing those that promote sustainable practices in agricultural communities across the United States. All you have to do is identify and nominate non-profit organizations [501(c)(3)] or government entities that are doing great work to improve agricultural communities. You might recognize an organization installing drip irrigation in a community garden to more efficiently use water resources; a local non-profit committed to furthering sustainable agricultural practices; or, an organization training military veterans in modern agriculture technologies. For complete details and to nominate an organization, visit https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465.
All nominations should meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Enhancing communities through water-saving technologies and practices in agriculture
- Involving children or adults in educational programs promoting a healthy lifestyle
- Educating communities on the value of water efficient technologies that increase crop production
- Helping growers implement sustainable agriculture practices or integrate modern technology
- Keeping the agricultural economy healthy and sustainable for the long-term
Online entries will be accepted from August 28, 2013 through September 25, 2013 at https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465. At the conclusion of the nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives will evaluate and select four finalists to create (and submit by Oct. 16, 2013) a one-minute video further detailing their organization’s cause and mission. The grant awards will be determined by a public vote from October 22, 2013 to November 5, 2013 at www.facebook.com/toro.company. The first-place organization (earning the most votes) will receive $7,000, the second-place organization will be awarded $4,000, and the remaining two organizations will be given $2,000 each. Winners will be announced by Nov. 8, 2013.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465 to enter and see the complete nominating and voting terms and guidelines.