Local farmer Craig Myers recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Wauseon Fire Department. The department will use the funds to purchase equipment and training as it relates to grain bin and technical rescue.
“The Wauseon Fire Department is forever grateful to Craig Myers for providing us with the opportunity to purchase more equipment and training as it relates to grain bin and technical rescue. Mr. Myers has enhanced our capabilities, providing better support to the agricultural makeup of our community” Fire Chief Richard Sluder said.
Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students. and public schools across rural America.
The Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”