Normally a disaster declaration is bad news, but a local farmer has turned that declaration into an opportunity for a couple of local organizations. The Monsanto Fund sponsors donations to organizations in 39 states, and in Macoupin County, the winner is Betsy Meisenheimer of Palmyra. Normally worth $2,500, the donation doubles if the county was declared a disaster area due to last year's drought.
So that meant two nonprofit organizations would get $2,500 each. Annie Kayser, Monsanto Community Outreach Manager, says the two organizations picked by Meisenheimer are the Macoupin County 4-H and Macoupin Military Support Group.
The presentation was made Monday night at the Macoupin County Extension office.