InVigor® Canola Supports the Michigan-Whitman Fire Department with More for Everyone Award

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Bayer CropScience donation funds grain bin extrication equipment.

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Members of the Michigan-Whitman Fire Department accept a check from Bayer CropScience and InVigor canola as part of the More for Everyone program.

This rescue equipment is something you hope you never have to use, but if you need it, you better have it. Fire protection and services provide a vital service to communities, and this extrication equipment will be a valuable safety precaution.

The next time alarms sound in the Michigan-Whitman Fire Department, its volunteer members know they are a little better equipped to handle on-farm emergencies, thanks to a $5,000 award from InVigor canola from Bayer CropScience.

The fire department will purchase a set of rescue grain bin tubes with the More for Everyone award from InVigor canola. The tubes are used to extricate a person who has been buried under grain by the pull of an auger, a wall or pile of grain that has caved, or falling through a crust formed by wet grain. Without the right rescue tools, engulfment often leads to suffocation.

“This rescue equipment is something you hope you never have to use, but if you need it, you better have it,” says John Steffen, a volunteer fireman from Michigan, for the past 15 years. “Fire protection and services provide a vital service to communities, and this extrication equipment will be a valuable safety precaution, due to the amount of large grain bins in our area.”

The Michigan-Whitman Fire Department received the award June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wagon Wheel Café in Michigan. Representatives from Bayer CropScience joined area canola farmers to present the award. The award is one of 12, with donations totaling $32,000, going to non-profit organizations across the state this year.

In the program’s three-year lifetime, Bayer CropScience has awarded more than $87,000 to local groups nominated by canola farmers.

“We believe the benefits of InVigor hybrids result in More for Everyone,” says Tom Schuler, BioScience business development manager for Bayer CropScience. “When farmers choose InVigor canola, they benefit from ‛more’ – stronger early-season growth and consistently better yields. The More for Everyone awards embody that spirit and enable us to extend the benefits of InVigor canola to more people, to people who are important to our customers.”

The total donation amount is based off of Early Book sales. For every bag of InVigor seed booked before Feb. 29, 2012 for the 2012 planting season, 50 cents went toward this year‘s awards. Farmers who participated in Early Book had the opportunity to nominate a deserving organization in their communities. A panel of three independent judges chose the organizations to be honored from 109 submissions. Other groups receiving More for Everyone awards are:

$5,000 each

  •     Big Pembina Lutheran Church in Langdon
  •     Cando Youth Hockey Program
  •     Langdon Day Care Center
  •     Max Public Schools Agriculture Education Program

$1,000 each

  •     Garrison FFA & FBLA
  •     Sakakawea Area Council for the Arts, designated for the Kota Theatre in Garrison
  •     Mott Opportunity Today & Tomorrow
  •     Starkweather Park Association
  •     Towner County 4H Young Riders
  •     Wishek FFA
  •     Wolford Dollars for Scholars

“We know how important local communities are to our grower customers and their families,” says Schuler. “Having support from neighbors and local organizations is one of the cornerstones of living and working in rural America. Through the More for Everyone awards, Bayer CropScience takes pride in bolstering that important part of farmers’ lives.”

“The More for Everyone program supports rural communities and the people that live in those communities,” says Steffen, who was also the farmer to nominate the Michigan-Whitman Fire Department. “It’s great that Bayer CropScience gives back to the rural communities where these awards do a tremendous amount of good.”

Bayer CropScience is a company committed to bringing new technology to the forefront of crop production. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, growers should visit their retailer, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

Bayer CropScience Media Hotline, 1-877-879-6162, or

Beth Roden
External Communications Lead
Bayer CropScience
Tel: (919) 549-2030
Email: beth(dot)roden(at)bayer(dot)com

Tyler Kelley
Public Relations
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Email: tyler(dot)kelley(at)adfarmonline(dot)com


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