Toro Announces ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program

  Toro Announces ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ Grant Program

     New community program commits $15,000 in grants to help agricultural
           communities promote efficient and sustainable practices

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- August 28, 2013

Agricultural communities play a vital role in feeding the global population.
For Toro, we are committed to supporting growers and organizations in their
effort to apply more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices.

Now, we are asking for your help in recognizing those that promote sustainable
practices in agricultural communities across America with our all-new ‘Ready.
Set. GROW!’ grant initiative, in which we will be awarding $15,000 to
non-profit organizations to help further their efforts. You might recognize an
organization installing drip irrigation in a community garden to more
efficiently use water resources; a local non-profit committed to furthering
sustainable agricultural practices; or, an organization training military
veterans in modern agriculture technologies. For more details, visit
https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465.

Toro is asking the public to nominate non-profit organizations – 501(c)(3) or
government entities like university extensions or conservation divisions,
agriculture employment programs, and public educational entities – that are
doing great work to improve agricultural communities across the country by
meeting one or more of 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 from August 28, 2013 through September 25,
2013 at https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465. At the
conclusion of the nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives will
evaluate and select four finalists to create (and submit by Oct. 16, 2013) a
one-minute video further detailing their organization’s cause and mission. The
grant awards will be determined by a public vote from October 22, 2013 to
November 5, 2013 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 November 8, 2013.

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Toro.Company/app_112813808737465 to see
the complete nominating and voting terms and guidelines.

About The Toro Company
The 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.

Contact:

The Toro Company
Judson McNeil, 952-887-8870
community@toro.com
 
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