Special to The Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS — Admire, Kansas, farmer Misty DeDonder works hard on and off her farm. Now she could gain the power to do more in her local community. DeDonder is competing to win a $10,000 donation for the North Lyon County FFA – High School Greenhouse Project in the Power to Do More contest from the corn herbicides of Corteva.

DeDonder is 1 of 10 finalists in the annual Power to Do More contest, which honors corn farmers’ commitment to their communities. The 10 finalists showed creativity and commitment to growing a stronger community in their photo and story detailing the power on their farm. One farmer will win the $10,000 grand prize for a local nonprofit, and two will win second-place prizes of $5,000 each for their selected nonprofit organizations. The finalist with the most votes on PowerToDoMore.com will win. Voting is open to all and closes July 8.

“The hundreds of submissions we received in this year’s contest proved that farmers are some of the most creative, caring and hardworking community leaders,” said Lyndsie Kaehler, U.S. Corn Herbicides Product Manager, Corteva Agriscience. “We are so proud to tell the stories of farmers who have extraordinary passion for their communities.”

In her entry, DeDonder uploaded a photo showing her son Leo in the back of a pickup truck on the farm. She explained that Leo already runs his own sweet corn business at 11 years old.

DeDonder nominated the North Lyon County FFA – High School Greenhouse Project for the $10,000 donation. She said the money will help fund a greenhouse with intent “to eliminate or greatly reduce our local food desert.”

The Power to Do More contest is in its third year of helping farming communities across the country. Corteva is proud to support farmers through this contest and with a lineup of corn herbicides dedicated to delivering the power to do more every season. With Resicore® , SureStart® II, DuPont™ Realm® Q, DuPont™ Cinch® ATZ and Keystone® NXT herbicides, farmers can effectively control and spend less time worrying about unwanted, yield-robbing weeds.

Vote for DeDonder and the North Lyon County FFA – High School Greenhouse Project at PowerToDoMore.com and share this link with your friends and family. Voting ends July 8, and winners will be notified in August.

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