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

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

 Public vote determines how $15,000 in grants awarded to further sustainable
                            agricultural practices

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- November 5, 2013

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 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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