This year’s More for Everyone award funds – made possible by InVigor canola hybrids from Bayer CropScience – will go toward rebuilding a church destroyed by fire, adding a handicap-accessible playground to a campground, supporting a health program for cancer survivors and numerous other organizations important to U.S. canola growers.
Since 2010, farmers who plant InVigor canola seed nominate their choice of local non-profit organizations for the annual More for Everyone awards. Through the community awards program, Bayer CropScience is donating a total of $38,000 to nine groups in 2014.
“Farming communities have a legacy of neighbors helping neighbors,” says Brian Hrudka, U.S. canola seed manager for Bayer CropScience. “We value the More for Everyone program because we are helping our customers – northern canola growers – give more to their neighbors. In the nominations, farmers reveal how much these local groups matter to their communities. The program’s judges certainly have a difficult task to choose the award winners.”
During the decision process, a panel of three independent judges considered the organizations’ needs and the benefits that the awards would provide to the served communities as expressed in the nominations. The judges chose the following organizations to receive this year’s More for Everyone awards:
- Big Pembina Lutheran Church in Langdon, N.D., to rebuild church destroyed by fire
- Bottineau (N.D.) Area Community Foundation for equipment at a new child care center
- Cando (N.D.) Baseball Association to update sports equipment
- Grand Forks (N.D.) YMCA LiveStrong Program for the cancer survivor exercise and support program
- Metigoshe Ministries in Bottineau, N.D., for a handicap-accessible playground at the retreat center
- Friends of the Lyric in Rugby, N.D., to fund the local theater
- Mott (N.D.) Fire Department for a new fire truck
- Stanley (N.D.) Fire Department for training
- St. Luke’s Community Foundation in Crosby, N.D., for healthcare services in Divide and Burke counties
This year’s judges were Jim Gray, pesticide and fertilizer division director at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture; Dr. Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist with North Dakota State University; and Jon Wert, president of the Northern Canola Growers Association.
The amount awarded each year is linked to how much InVigor canola seed farmers reserve with Bayer CropScience for the upcoming season. Since 2010, Bayer CropScience has awarded more than $155,000 to non-profit organizations through the More for Everyone program.
For more information on the program’s history, visit www.moreforeveryone.com.