Toro is recognizing agricultural communities across America with its “Ready. Set. GROW!” initiative.
Through the initiative, the company will be awarding $150,000 to non-profit organizations with the help of recommendations from individuals.
The public can nominate nonprofit organizations that are committed to furthering sustainable agriculture practices, training military veterans in modern agriculture technology, installing drip irrigation in a community garden and much more.
The company will also accept government entities like university extensions or conservation divisions, agriculture employment program and public education entities.
Each group must meet 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 through Sept. 25, 2013.
At the end of the nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives will evaluate and select four finalists to create (and submit by Oct. 15), a one-minute video describing their cause and mission.
The grant awards will be determined by a public vote from Oct. 22 to Nov. 5 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.