Maquoketa Valley has been awarded a grant from Monsanto, thanks to a local farmer. Tim Recker, who farms in Delaware County, was the winner of Monsanto’s “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” campaign. The program encourages farmers to enter to win 25-hundred dollars, which is then directed to the farmer’s non-profit of choice. Recker chose Maquoketa Valley, and the 25-hundred dollar check was presented to the school district last Friday. Maquoketa Valley plans to use the donation to help the school district support the annual Academic Excellence Banquet, recognizing students who have excelled in academics throughout the year. The remaining funds will go to the district’s FFA program.