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America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Official Rules

No Purchase Necessary. A purchase will not increase your change of winning. This program is void where prohibited by law.

1. Program Entry Period

The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program (the “Program”) Entry Period is as follows:

  • Nominations from Eligible Farmers must be received between 10:00 a.m. Central Time on January 1, 2020 and 5:00 p.m. Central Time on April 1, 2020
  • Entries from Eligible School Districts must be received between 10:00 a.m. Central Time on January 1, 2020 and 9:00 p.m. Central Time on May 1, 2020

2. Eligibility

The Program is open to nominations from Eligible Farmer’s for Public School Districts.

Eligible Farmer –An Eligible Farmer must: 1) be 21 years of age or older at time of nomination, and 2) be actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work on the farm, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Eligible School Districts – In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the Program a school district must be considered a public school district by the National Center For Education Statistics (NCES). Public charter schools are eligible if they are considered public by NCES.

Individuals Not Eligible to Participate – The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Program: (1) officers, directors, and employees of Bayer Fund (the “Sponsor”), or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members; (2) officers, directors and employees, of Bayer, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members; and (3) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealer, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members.

3. How Farmers Nominate

No purchase necessary to enter or win. There are three ways for an Eligible Farmer to nominate a school district for a Program grant, as described below. Nominations may only be made according to the procedures described in these Official Rules.

  1. Online. Eligible Farmers may nominate a school district for the Program by visiting www.americasfarmers.com during the applicable Program Entry Period.
  2. Mail. Eligible Farmers may nominate a school district for the Program by mail, by signing and returning a self-addressed business reply card. Once completed, mail to America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, 622 Emerson Rd, Ste 150, St. Louis, MO 63141-9586. Mail-in nominations must be postmarked within the Program Entry Period by April 1, 2020. Mail-in nominations postmarked after the Program Entry Period will not be accepted.
  3. Phone. Eligible Farmers may nominate a school district for the Program by phone by calling 1-877-267-3332 and answering all required registration information questions during the Program Entry Period.

Eligible Farmers are required to complete all required registration information (including, without limitation, your name, address and other contact information). All Eligible Farmer nominations must be completed within the applicable Program Entry Period to be eligible to win. Any nominations received after the end of the applicable Program Entry Period will not be accepted. All submissions become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Limit one school district nomination per Eligible Farmer, regardless of method of entry. Nominations in excess of this limit are void.

4. Grants

The Bayer Fund expects to award up to $ 1.9 million to Eligible School Districts under the Program, provided there are adequate qualifying entries.

School districts must be nominated by an Eligible Farmer in order to apply for a Program grant. One nomination is allowed per Eligible Farmer.  Once a school district is nominated, that district will be notified and sent an invitation code to apply for a grant at www. americasfarmers.com.

Grant applications must be submitted by the school district; individual schools may not apply. One grant amount will be awarded: $15,000. Each Eligible School District will only be entitled to apply for one grant. Grants will be awarded based on the number of designated grants in each state (see List of Designated Grants by State in Section 12 of these Official Rules).

Grant requests from Eligible School Districts must focus on increasing interest or improving instruction or learning in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) in their application. School districts will have from 10:00:00 a.m. Central Time on January 1, 2020 to 9:00 p.m. Central Time on May 1, 2020, to submit their grant applications.

Grant applications will be reviewed and assessed based on merit, need and community support. The merit component of the score will be based on the overall impact of the school district’s proposed use of the grant, the need component of the score will be based on the school district’s and community’s current financial status and the need for additional funding, and the community support component of the score will be based on the number of Eligible Farmers who nominate a school district. 

All details about the grants not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor at its sole discretion. No school district may win more than one grant per year under the Program.

5. Winner Selection

Grants will be assessed and awarded based on merit, need and community support.  Eligible grant applications received during the Program Entry Period will be reviewed and scored by a panel of teachers with expertise in a STEM field.  The highest scoring grants in each state, will become Program finalists.  Each application that becomes a finalist will be reviewed by a panel of STEM teachers and farmers who will determine the winners based on their review. Winners will be announced by August 15, 2020. Winners will be notified by phone and/or e-mail in August 2020.

6. Conditions of Participation

By participating in this Program, each Eligible Farmer and Eligible School District agrees as follows: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects, and to comply with all decisions of the Sponsor with regard to the Official Rules, its interpretation or application; (b) that (s)he or it meets all the eligibility requirements under these Official Rules; (c) to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations; and (d) that Missouri law, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, shall apply exclusively to the Program and Official Rules and that any dispute with respect to the Program and/or these Official Rules shall be resolved in either the federal or state courts located in the State of Missouri, County of St. Louis.

By participating in the Program, each Eligible Farmer and Eligible School District, except where legally prohibited, without additional compensation: (a) grants permission for the Sponsor, and those acting pursuant to the Sponsor’s direction, to use his or her name, hometown name, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, biographical information, and comments made in connection with the Program in any and all advertising and promotional materials, worldwide, and/or on the Internet, including social media, relating to the Program, and similar programs which may be offered by the Sponsor; (b) releases the Sponsor from any and all claims for libel, copyright, invasion of privacy or rights of publicity pertaining to such use; (c) waives any right to review or approve any such use; (d) agrees that the Sponsor may make slight stylistic modifications to his or her comments, which do not materially alter the original meaning; (e) agrees that all media or other materials created by the Sponsor are the property of the Sponsor, including but not limited to any copyright therein; (f) agrees that the release of information about winners, including dissemination to the public and media through any channels, may be made by the Sponsor; and (g) agrees that nominating Eligible Farmer’s name can be shared with school districts during the application process.

7. Use of Information

Information provided by Eligible Farmers and Eligible School Districts to the Sponsor, will be used by the Sponsor or third party acting on Sponsor’s behalf to communicate with Eligible Farmers and Eligible School Districts in relation to the Program. This information may include, but is not limited to name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Eligible Farmers may choose not to receive future communications regarding the Program by calling 1-877-267-3332.

8. General

The Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing or offering of this Program, or in the description of any grant or in any other materials produced in connection with the Program. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, garbled, misrouted, damaged, distorted, late, stolen or misdirected entry forms, whether submitted online or by mail. To the extent there is any conflict between any communications and/or materials regarding the Program or any grant, and the Official Rules, the Official Rules will control.

The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Program at anytime and for any reason.  Uses of automated devices are not valid for submission of an application or nomination and will subject the user to immediate disqualification. In the event the Program is cancelled, terminated, modified or suspended, a notice will be posted online at www.americasfarmers.com.  

Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any nomination and/or application at any time which, in its opinion, is offensive, contains unsuitable material, threatens the safety or well-being of anyone, or if it is determined that the entrant has not complied with these Official Rules. Further, the Sponsor may disqualify any person based upon suspected fraud, dishonesty, violation of rules or other misconduct. Eligible Farmers and Eligible School Districts participating in the Program must comply with all rules as published.

This Program is subject to all applicable federal, and/or state rules and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

Grants are not transferable. No substitution of a grant, or any portion thereof, is allowed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Eligible Farmer will not be able to obtain an income tax deduction as a result of the grant made by the Sponsor to the school district.

9. Release

By participating in the Program, each applicant and Eligible Farmer agrees to release the Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees and agencies, and Bayer and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agencies, from any liability related to the Program, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with participation in the Program.

10. Sponsor

The Sponsor of this Program is Bayer Fund, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63167.

11. Winners List/Official Rules

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules or a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Official Rules, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63167

12. List of Designated Grants by State

Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri will each receive 9 grants.

 

Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, , South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin will each receive 6 grants.

 

California, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee will each receive 4 grants.

 

Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, New York, and North Carolina, will each receive 2 grants.

 

Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Washington, will each receive 1 grant.

 

One grant will be awarded to one of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont.

 

One grant will be awarded to one of the following states: Florida, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

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