Mitchell County Farmers, David and Cindy Holton recently directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Westwood Schools.  Westwood will use the funds to support the Westwood Schools Shotgun Team.   “We are blessed to have families like the Holton’s who are quick to respond to help students reach their highest potential.  We are forever grateful for their generosity and support of our students,” said Keith Croft, Headmaster at Westwood Schools.

Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded nearly $65 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 worthiest 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. 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. “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,” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president.

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

Pictured are members of the Westwood Shotgun Team

Back row, L-R: Gibson Clark, Gabe Johnson, Liam Rogers, Dalton DeLoach, Braxton Ethridge, Max Joyner
Front row, L-R:  Hanna Elmore, Sara Murphy, Lilly Lanier