Monday, July 29, 2013

Lakota Ambulance Service Receives $5,000 Donation from Bayer CropScience

InVigor canola More for Everyone awards program benefits local non-profit groups

Research Triangle Park, N.C. (July 29, 2013) – Thanks to two local canola farmers who nominated the Lakota Ambulance Service for a More for Everyone award, the rural volunteer ambulance service now has financial support to start a HEARTSafe Community Program. The annual awards program financially supports small community groups, like the Lakota Ambulance Service, and is made possible by InVigor® canola hybrids from Bayer CropScience.

The Lakota Ambulance Service is one of 10 non-profit organizations across North Dakota receiving a total of $30,000 in donations from Bayer CropScience through the More for Everyone awards program 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 Mitch Bloms, technical sales representative for Bayer CropScience. “For farmers, InVigor means the best genetics and more yield. For the canola-growing communities like Mohall, InVigor’s More for Everyone program means more than $100,000 donated to important causes and local needs.”

Bloms will present the award check July 30 at the Lakota Ambulance Building.

“This is a blessing to everyone in the community,” says Mary Kay Schuh, Lakota Ambulance Service’s secretary and treasurer. “The HEARTSafe Community Program will protect the heart health and safety of everyone’s neighbors and loved ones in Lakota with more public hands-only CPR training and access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the ambulance service area.”

Farmers who booked InVigor seed by March 22, 2013, had the opportunity to nominate a deserving organization in their communities. A panel of three independent judges chose the Lakota Ambulance Service and these other organizations from 125 submissions to receive awards:

$5,000 each

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

The total amount awarded each year is linked to how much InVigor canola seed farmers reserved during the company’s Early Book period, which ended on March 22, 2013, for the 2013 growing season. For each bag of seed reserved during Early Book, Bayer CropScience allotted a specific amount for the More for Everyone awards.

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