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Grant Boosts Local Library’s Services and Equipment

September 16, 2019

Wrentham, Alberta – There is only one business located in the small hamlet of Wrentham, a close-knit community surrounded by farmland. Residents here must drive to buy groceries, get gas, and run other errands, so the Wrentham Library and Post Office is an important amenity for community members.  The library is a place to visit […]

Grant Helps Bring Internet Safety Presentations to Local Schools

September 3, 2019

  Tofield, Alberta – When someone is experiencing a crisis, Beaver County Victim Services (BCVS) staff and volunteer advocates are there to provide free and confidential support in whatever way they can. Working under the guidance and direction of the RCMP detachments of Tofield and Viking, BCVS’ goal is to limit the impact of crime […]

Museum Plans Exhibit Upgrade with Grant Funds

August 8, 2019

Melville, Saskatchewan – One of the oldest buildings in Melville houses a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts in 22 exhibits, which span three floors. These exhibits tell the story of Melville, its history, and its residents. With a population of just under 5,000, Melville is Saskatchewan’s smallest city and is home to the Melville […]

Local Artists Benefit from Grant Support

July 8, 2019

Selkirk, Manitoba – Walk along the streets of Selkirk and you’ll notice a variety of colourful murals painted on the sides of many buildings. These murals tell powerful stories about the community and the people who live here. The murals are part of an initiative run by the Interlake Art Board (IAB), a not-for-profit incorporated […]

Grant helps provide care for “farmer’s best friend”

July 3, 2019

Across Canada, non-profit organizations strengthen small towns with all kinds of projects dedicated to helping individuals. In the case of Valley Mastiff Rescue, those individuals happen to be of the furry variety.

Grant Helps High School Students Connect to Local Agriculture

June 10, 2019

  Palmerston, Ontario – Students at Norwell District Secondary School (NDSS) have a unique link to the local agriculture industry thanks to a specialty program known as LEAF (Local Environmental Agriculture & Food). Paul Frayne, a teacher at NDSS, recognized a need for the community’s young people to understand where their food comes from and […]

Grant Money for Pool Repairs will Help Make a Splash!

April 8, 2019

Hamiota, Manitoba – Kids and adults of all ages enjoy the Hamiota Aquatic Centre, which features a heated pool with a diving board and two slides.  The pool is operated by the Midwest Recreation District and is accessed by families who come from Hamiota and the rural municipalities of Oakview and Wallace-Woodworth. “We have kids […]

Grant fuels students’ bellies and minds

August 1, 2018

Marshall, Saskatchewan – The Marshall School isn’t only a place for students to come and learn. It’s also a place where they can depend on a well-balanced meal every morning at the Breakfast Program. “Our students come from very different socio-economic backgrounds, but we believe every child should have access to food and that full […]

Farmer pays it forward to kids’ educational program

July 24, 2018

    Vegreville, Alberta – After the Community Association for Lasting Success (CALS) provided speech therapy to Wesley Antonchuk’s son, he knew he wanted to pay it back. “He progressed so quickly with the assistance of their amazing teachers… I believe this program would be as beneficial to many of the community’s children as The […]

Bayer helps small-town ag society educate youth

July 17, 2018

  Kincardine, Ontario – There are three things the beach town of Kincardine is best known for: the view of Lake Huron, the world famous sunsets and the annual fall fair hosted by the Kincardine Agricultural Society. “The fair’s our main thrust here. We host it on Labour Day weekend and educate the public about […]

Local farmer restores 100-year-old building with grant money

July 10, 2018

Mannville, Alberta – Preserving the past is important for semi-retired angus farmers, Jim Kitt and his wife Eileen. “Personally, we’re fans of history, and it’s been a wonderful experience to be involved in preserving it,” Eileen says. One of the many heritage sites they take great pride in is their town’s 100-year-old Alberta Government Telephones […]

Grant money helps community splash into the future

July 3, 2018

   St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba –  In a small town with a population of only 1,100, it can be difficult to find the excitement and entertainment of big city living. This was the case for the town of St-Pierre-Jolys. That is until they received a $2,500 grant from the Bayer Fund’s Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) program, […]

Grant keeps town’s only gathering place alive

June 26, 2018

St.Gregor, Saskatchewan –  What’s the secret to keeping a rural town of 100 people viable? A community meeting place. “You need a meeting place to connect. It becomes the hub for everyone both young and old,” says St. Gregor farmer, Tracy Mollenbeck. So, when word spread that the hotel — which also housed the local […]

Farmer aims to save lives with grant money

July 31, 2017

When people are involved in an accident, seconds matter. That’s why firefighters at Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services Station 4 are grateful to receive a Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities grant.

Celebrating the history of rural Canada

June 30, 2017

Souris, MB’s Hillcrest Museum is open every July and August, but the museum has struggled to keep its doors open even for those two months. Thankfully, Hillcrest received a boost when farmer and Souris local Dustin Williams nominated the Hillcrest Museum for Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC).

We’ve got mail!

June 2, 2017

Throughout the year, we receive emails and letters from our Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities grant recipients. We share a few recent submissions.

Helping injured farmers get Back to Ag

May 10, 2017

As farmers across Canada get back in the fields this spring, a special program from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association is helping injured farmers get Back to Ag.

You are who we need

April 26, 2017

There are countless scholarships offered across Canada to students entering post-secondary studies in agriculture. I take my hat off to the companies and organizations who put their support and confidence into young people pursuing a place in this exciting industry by supporting their pursuit of an education.

A farmer made it possible

April 4, 2017

When Mary Lou Bourne opened an email from Bayer a few years ago, she received a surprise worth $2,500.

Playground leaves a lasting legacy

March 24, 2017

When Murray Froebe’s kids enjoy the brand new playground at Carman Elementary, they’re not just having fun, they’re experiencing a part of their grandfather’s legacy.

Farmers are great friends to ON food banks

March 15, 2017

With the public consciousness being raised around the issue of food waste and the enormous costs to society of disposing of a third of the food that we produce, many farmers are looking back to this ancient practice as a way to both reduce food waste and feed people in need at the same time.

Female farmers grow their communities

March 8, 2017

Canadian farm women like the Friends of the Falher Library truly do grow their communities. Let’s celebrate their incredible contributions – on International Women’s Day and every day.

Inviting farmers to the classroom for Canadian Ag Literacy Month

March 1, 2017

Have you every heard of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM)? If you haven’t and you’re a farmer, maybe it’s time you did! Since 2012, Agriculture in the Classroom-Canada has delivered this program each March to over 90,000 students across Canada. Through hands-on experiences, students learn about and celebrate agriculture in various ways, including reading about […]

4-H and farmers a great combination

February 22, 2017

In 2014, the North Peace 4-H district celebrated the hard work and dedication of its members with a little help from a local farmer.

#IWorkInAg Celebrating Canada’s Agriculture Day

February 16, 2017

As part of Canada’s Ag Day, we polled Bayer employees from five provinces to explain why #IworkInAg.

How to tell your farm story

February 8, 2017

Canadian farmers are well-positioned to contribute to the conversation about agriculture.

Helping out furry friends

February 1, 2017

Across Canada, non-profit organizations strengthen small towns with all kinds of projects dedicated to helping community members. In the case of Valley Mastiff Rescue, the individuals receiving help happen to be of the furry variety.

Lacolle Curling Club to stay cool, thanks in part to a local farmer

January 25, 2017

Thanks to Gary Holzgang, a Canada’s Farmers grant will help keep the Lacolle Curling Club at the centre of small-town Quebec recreation, providing an important outlet for locals.

How farmers helped build Canada – and still do

January 16, 2017

Canada is a great country. As we celebrate its 150th birthday this year, no doubt there will be much speculation and navel gazing about which people and events are responsible for its greatness.