Toro Selects Four Finalists For ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program

It’s down to the final four in The Toro Company’s “Ready. Set. GROW!” grant program, and now it’s up to the public to decide the winners. The all-new community grant program will award $15,000 to growers and non-profits that promote sustainable practices in agricultural communities across America.

The “Ready. Set. GROW!” finalists include:
  • Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton, CA), which would use the grant to support the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program, training active-duty service members and veterans in sustainable agribusiness.
  • North Louisiana Agri-Business Council(West Monroe, LA), which would use the grant to create an educational display demonstrating the efficiencies of irrigation and best practices in water management. The display would be a part of LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley, where more than 10,000 adults and children attend to learn and improve agricultural practices.
  • Project Fine - Colorful Growers (Winona, MN), which would use the grant to promote the use of water-saving technologies through education and demonstration, specifically focusing on youth ages 10 to 18. The program promotes healthy diets and exercise by placing large focus on education, understanding and appreciating how food is grown in a sustainable manner.
  • Shannon Ranch Elementary School (Visalia, CA), which would use the grant to install a drip irrigation system to more efficiently irrigate the school garden. The area is used by students throughout the year to learn about life sciences, and would serve as a model on smart irrigation practices for the surrounding community.

Starting today through November 19, the public can vote to determine which organization receives the largest grant to support their program. The organization with the most votes via the Facebook contest at http://woobox.com/3p97gg will receive $7,000; the program with the second most votes will receive $4,000; and the third- and fourth-place winners will each receive $2,000.

“We created this grant program to give back to the community and help support growers and organizations in their effort to apply more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices,” said Judson McNeil of the Toro Giving Program. “Each organization deserves to win, and we’re thrilled to help in some way with their efforts.”

To learn more about each of the organizations, the public can view their videos on Toro’s Facebook page at http://woobox.com/3p97gg under the contest icon. Please visit the site to see the complete terms of participation and voting guidelines.

About The Toro CompanyThe Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $1.9 billion in fiscal 2012, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a commitment to help customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.

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