Bayer CropScience Donates $30,000 More to Benefit Canola-Growing Communities

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InVigor® canola awards program for local non-profit groups surpasses $100,000 mark

Each year, canola farmers tell stories of non-profit organizations that make a difference to rural communities. Our goal is to help to make a difference for the individuals involved and for the many people who benefit from the organizations’ presence.

Replacing a school’s leaky windows, equipping firefighters with grassland fire suits, outfitting a park’s playground with materials that are safer for children – these reasons compelled this year’s judges to select a few of the latest More for Everyone community award winners. The annual awards program that financially supports small community groups is made possible by InVigor® canola hybrids from Bayer CropScience. Through the More for Everyone awards program, Bayer CropScience is donating a total of $30,000 to 10 non-profit organizations across North Dakota in 2013.

In the program’s four-year lifetime, Bayer CropScience has awarded more than $117,000 to local groups nominated by canola farmers.

“We believe the benefits of InVigor hybrids result in More for Everyone,” says Tom Schuler, strategy lead of seeds and traits for Bayer CropScience. “For farmers, InVigor means the best genetics and more yield. For the canola-growing communities across North Dakota, InVigor means more than $100,000 of repairs, training and education, supplies, and hope.”

The total amount awarded each year is linked to how much InVigor canola seed farmers reserved during the company’s Early Book period. For each bag of seed reserved during Early Book, Bayer CropScience allotted a specific amount for the More for Everyone awards.

Farmers who booked their InVigor seed during Early Book – by March 22, 2013 – also had the opportunity to nominate a deserving organization in their communities. A panel of three independent judges chose the following organizations from 125 submissions to receive awards:

$5,000 each

  •     Lakota Area Ambulance District (Lakota, N.D.)
  •     Mohall Park Board (Mohall, N.D.)
  •     Munich Park (Munich, N.D.)
  •     St. Alphonsus School (Langdon, N.D.)
  •     Sarles Rural Fire Department (Sarles, N.D.)

$1,000 each

  •     Bowbells Women Helping Others (Bowbells, N.D.)
  •     First Presbyterian Church of Rolla (Rolla, N.D.)
  •     Mott Fire Department (Mott, N.D.)
  •     Roosevelt Park Zoo (Minot, N.D.)
  •     Velva Public School Vocational Ag Department (Velva, N.D.)

The judges were Sherri Coleman, associate director of the Northern Canola Growers Association; Brian Jenks, weed scientist with North Dakota State University; and Sarah Wilson, an agricultural advocate from Jamestown, N.D.

“It is an honor to support our farmer-customers and their neighbors through the More for Everyone awards,” adds Schuler. “Each year in the award nominations, canola farmers tell stories of numerous non-profit organizations that make a difference to small, rural communities. Our goal is to help to make a difference for the individuals involved in these groups and for the many people who benefit from the organizations’ presence.”

This summer, Bayer CropScience will host local events for each of the $5,000-award winners. Community members are invited to join their canola-growing neighbors to celebrate the local contributions of InVigor canola. Location, date and time will be announced for each event.

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About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life”. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

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