CANDO, N.D. (June 27, 2012) – This winter when elementary school-aged youngsters suit up for a hockey game in the Cando hockey arena, they might be wearing new helmets that match, thanks to a $5,000 More for Everyone award from InVigor canola from Bayer CropScience.
The Cando Youth Hockey Association’s board members will decide how to put the award to good use. One area of the program that coach Lane Parker suggests the additional funding could support is updating equipment.
“This award is a huge deal for the 60 kids in the program,” says Parker, who also was one of the InVigor farmers to nominate the hockey program for an award. “These kids just really love the game. I think of all the ways this money can help them, like buying new helmets that cost $70 to $100 a piece.”
The Cando Youth Hockey Association has mini mite, mite and squirt teams for area children, ages 6 to 11. Parker explains that until kids reach middle school, they don’t have many other opportunities for organized sports in the winter. “It gets them off the couch,” says Parker. “They are on the ice six to seven hours a week during hockey season. A lot of them spend even more time at open skate. They eat, sleep and dream hockey.”
The Cando Youth Hockey Association received the award June 26 at 5 p.m. at the Cando City Park. Pete Neal, local sales representative with 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:
- Big Pembina Lutheran Church in Langdon
- Langdon Day Care Center
- Max Public Schools Agriculture Education Program
- Michigan-Whitman Fire Department
- 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.”
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