(MARLETTE) -- Monsanto Fund is joining forces with representative farmers from around the United States to distribute $2.3 million to public school districts. Locally, Wayne Wood of Marlette will serve as a member of the 2013 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. The 30-member council will choose the winning school districts in each USDA-appointed Crop Reporting District eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 for math or science-based curricula. Wood was selected to serve on the council because of his active involvement in community programs, including Michigan Farm Bureau where he serves as President, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Michigan Agriculture Preservation Fund Board. He is recognized in Marlette for chairing the Sanilac County Mental Health Board for nearly 20-years. Wood holds a high standard for exemplary education and is passionate about strengthening instruction within rural schools. Wood supports the Grow Rural Education program because it gives districts an opportunity to explore areas of education and improve the quality of instruction that would otherwise not be possible.