(Posted Thu. Sep 6th, 2012)

Sept. 6: The Custer County Corn Growers Association, a local chapter of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association, presented checks to three local fire departments last week. This donation funds a program allowing each department to purchase grain bin rescue equipment and to be trained in the proper use of the equipment.


Fire departments receiving the equipment are based in Ord, Broken Bow and Loup City.


“We were planning a corn growers summer tour program to The Andersons new grain facility in Anselmo and the idea came up to raise money to provide safety equipment and training to fire departments,” said Custer Country Corn Growers Association President Guy Mills, who farms in Ansley. “We had a tremendous response and three fire departments will now have the tools in hand to help rescue someone who may become trapped in grain.”


Donors to the program included The Andersons, Chief Industries, Farm Credit, Cargill, Monsanto, Trotter Incorporated, Green Plains Energy and Valley County Partners.


“We really appreciate all the support by these organizations,” Mills said. “In fact, the response was so positive we are hoping to train even more nearby rescue personnel in grain bin safety and rescue.”


In addition to farmers and fire department officials, students involved in FFA were invited to be part of the grain facility tour and grain bin safety and rescue presentation presented by The Andersons chief safety officer.


“The more people we can have aware of the hazards of flowing grain and the dangers of entering a grain bin, the better,” Mills said. “We want to avoid tragedies and put safety top of mind, especially as harvest gears up.”