Farmers direct donation to Brownstown Elementary

Local farmers John and Tammi Hackman recently directed a $5,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Brownstown Elementary School.

The school will use the funds to purchase items that students need but may not be able to afford, including food for the weekend.

“This donation is very helpful to the students at BES,” Principal Marty Young said. “The money will be used to help any students who are in need of basic items. We are blessed that John and Tammi Hackman decided to dedicate the funds to Brownstown Elementary. The funds will have an impact on many students and families this school year.”

Since 2010, America’s Farmers programs have awarded nearly $65 million to nonprofits, aspiring agriculture 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.

In August 2022, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $5,000 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.

“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.

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit