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

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

Business Wire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- December 10, 2013

The Toro Company today announced that Shannon Ranch Elementary School, in
Visalia, CA, won top prize in the company’s ’Ready. Set. GROW!’ grant program.
As a result of the public vote, a $7,000 grant will be awarded to Shannon
Ranch Elementary. The grant will enable the school to enhance their life
sciences program including installing a water-efficient drip irrigation system
at their school garden for use by students throughout the year. The garden
will also serve as a model on smart irrigation practices for the surrounding
community.

Upon receiving the news, Principal Samantha Tate said, “We appreciate the
opportunity Toro has provided Shannon Ranch through the ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’
grant. We envision our school garden as being an essential component of our
life sciences programs, kindergarten through the sixth grade. To have the
opportunity to teach our students about the importance of agriculture in
education, and how our garden can benefit our school community, is an
incredible gift!”

Additional grants are being awarded to:

  *Project FINE - Colorful Growers (Winona, MN), which plans to use the
    second-place $4,000 grant to promote the use of water-saving technologies
    through education and demonstration, specifically focusing on youth ages
    10 to 18.
  *Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton (Camp Pendleton, CA), which plans to
    use the third-place $2,000 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 will use
    the fourth-place $2,000 grant to create an educational display
    demonstrating the efficiencies of irrigation and best practices in water
    management.

“We are excited to see these grants go to great organizations that are helping
increase awareness of sustainable practices in agriculture,” said Judson
McNeil of the Toro Giving Program. “We equally appreciate all those who voted
in support of these organizations and their efforts to save water, educate and
grow the future of the industry.”

Online nominations for the grants took place in September. At the conclusion
of the nomination period, a panel of Toro representatives evaluated and
selected four finalists who were asked to submit a brief video further
detailing their organizations’ mission. Videos can be viewed at
www.youtube.com/toro under the “Company” playlist. The grant awards were
determined by a public vote in November on Toro’s Facebook page,
www.facebook.com/toro.company.

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 $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro’s
global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships
built on integrity and trust, constant innovation and a commitment to helping
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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