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story.lead_photo.caption SubmittedLocal farmer Adam Kroll presents a check from the American Farmers Grow Communities program to the Callaway Youth Expo board. The funds will purchase upgrades for the Callaway Youth Expo livestock barns at the Auxvasse Lion’s Park.

AUXVASSE, Mo. — A $2,500 check presented Thursday at Callaway County Extension Center will help the next Callaway Youth Expo be cooler than ever.

These funds will purchase upgrades for the Callaway Youth Expo livestock barns at the Auxvasse Lion's Park. Local farmer Adam Kroll selected the Callaway Youth Expo to receive this grant through the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" program from the Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.

"The funds were spent locally to purchase outdoor ceiling fans for the show barn at the Auxvasse Lion's Park where the Jackpot Swine Show and Callaway Youth Expo occur each year. The fans will benefit the animals, exhibitors and spectators by helping move the air in the show barn," said Christina Wilkerson, a Callaway Youth Expo board member. "The Jackpot Swine show is held in conjunction with University of Missouri Block and Bridle Swine Show and has more than 200 entries each year. The Callaway Youth Expo serves hundreds of youth and their families by providing a place to showcase projects."

The purpose of the AFGC program is to partner with farmers to make a positive impact in farm communities across the country by supporting local nonprofit organizations across rural America.

"I was pleased to get this grant for the Youth Expo and to see what good use they made of it," Kroll said.

Since the program began in 2010, more than $33 million has been directed to organizations across rural America. More information is available at

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