October 29, 2019

Bayer Fund helps Canadian farmers strengthen rural communities through its Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Calgary, AB. – Oct. 29, 2019 – There’s no shortage of dedicated charities and not-for-profits in rural communities across the country and every one of them makes a vital contribution to the lives of farmers and other rural residents. The Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities (CFGC) program, supported by the Bayer Fund, selected 66 winning charities and not-for-profits to share $165,000 in funding to strengthen their communities in a random draw held October 4, 2019. Each winning charity will receive a $2,500 grant to apply to a project or program that will enhance the lives of rural residents.

The Bayer Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.

“There is so much need in rural Canada to replace aging infrastructure and provide valuable programs and services that are important to farmers, their families and other rural residents,” said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director with Bayer’s Crop Science division. “This program is just one way we can give back and help these groups improve the quality of life in their communities.”

First introduced in 2012, this year’s CFGC program received almost 1,000 applications and charity suggestions, similar in scope to 2018. Participation rates have risen considerably over the past two years which points to both interest among farmers in giving back to their communities, and the significant need among charitable and community groups.

The program received many suggestions from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. Farmers recommended schools, libraries, historical societies, health and recreational facilities, rural daycares, seniors’ clubs, 4-H groups, food banks and more. Some examples:

  • High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary in High Prairie, AB. - “We are most grateful to the Benoit family for their support in nominating us and being such advocates for improved hospital services in our community. It is only through such kindness and programs such as this that we can continue to work towards meeting the health care needs of this region.”
  • Leoville Library in Leoville, SK. “Our small library is a great place to explore, create, meet a fantastic librarian and become a great reader!  We are so thankful for this grant which will support equipment purchases and other programs. We plan a seasonal display about agriculture and the funds will be very well used!” 
  • Caledonia Agricultural Society in Caledonia, ON. – “We have embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation of our exhibition facility to include space for a new agri-education room and a teaching kitchen where we plan to emphasize farm-to-table. It will be a hot spot year-round for our small community.”
  • Above & Beyond Animal and Community Wellness Centre in Kingston, NS. – “This funding will be used to support educational and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of the many beneficial and therapeutic effects of the “human animal bond.

Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September to submit their entries by visiting the Canada’s Farmers website and completing an online application form.

To read more community stories or gather additional information about Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities visit www.canadasfarmers.ca or follow on Twitter @CanadasFarmers.


About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2018, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of 39.6 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.6 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.2 billion euros.


About Bayer Crop Science Canada

In Canada, Bayer Crop Science offers growers a wide choice of tailored solutions with an integrated product portfolio of crop protection products, seed treatment technologies, plant biotechnology and digital farming solutions. As a top employer in Canada, the Crop Science division employs over 450 people, spanning 22 research, breeding, production and office sites across the country. For more information, go to www.bayer.ca.




Trish Jordan, Public & Industry Affairs Director




Note: A complete listing of all 66 winning entrants, their farmer nominator and their community, is detailed below this news release.  


Canadas Farmers Grow Communities - 2019 Winners



Blindman Valley Agricultural Society

Jennifer Johnson, Bentley

Blueberry District Rural Crime Watch Association

Leona Mychajlunow, Parkland County

Elnora and District Museum

Shelly & Kerry Chesire, Elnora

Falun Rural Crime Watch

Vance Henke, Wetaskiwin

Friends Of Lamont Elementary School

Tara Cossey, Tofield

Grade Three Reading Academy Society

Joanne Bardak, Bezanson

High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary

Robert Benoit, High Prairie

Lesser Slave Watershed Council

Brianne Brault, High Prairie

Lloydminster Exhibition Association

Katlin Ducherer, Maidstone

Lougheed And District Public Library

Derek Burden, Lougheed

Newell District 4-H Horse Committee

Kristen Niznik, Brooks

Okotoks Food Bank Association

Penny Marshall, High River

Rocky Organization for Animal Rescue

Ashley Perepelkin, Condor

Rolling Hills Agricultural Society

Tracy Hemsing, Rolling Hills

Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society

Darren Frank, Parkland County

Vegreville Preschool Association

Teresa Jackson, Minburn

Picture Butte Walk On The Wildside Society

Brian Witdouck, Iron Springs

Northern Environmental Action Team

 (NEAT) Co-Hort

Bess Legault, Fort St John






Bethany Assisted Living

Jeffrey Hyland, Scott

Birchview (Birch Hills) Ladies Auxiliary

Marie Anne Herzog, Mayview

Central Butte Companion Gardeners

Bobbie Torrie, St. Brieux

Dilke Memorial Hall

Kevin Bast, Dilke

Estevan Arts Council

Troy Adams, Estevan

Eston Legion

Darren Oliphant, Eston

Honeywood (Dr. A.J. Porter) Heritage Nursery Inc.

Ashley Kristiansen, Shellbrook

Kindersley And District Arts Council

Barry Whatley, Kindersley

Leoville Library

Jennifer Soucy, Leoville

Manor School Playground Renewal

Tory Poirier, Manor

Maple Creek Swimming Pool

Loralee Herter, Golden Prairie

Outlook & District Heritage Museum

Dale Eliason, Outlook

Playfair Day Care Inc.

Jeff McMullen, Moosomin

Rose Valley & District Care Bus Lines Inc.

Sharon Nelson, Rose Valley

Rosetown & District Food Bank

Elenore Sparks, Rosetown

Shepherds Villa Inc.

Judith Andres, Hepburn

Sunnyside Cemetery Inc.

Marshall Young, Bredenbury

Twin Rivers Music Festival

Reg and Patricia Schultz, Dalmeny

Watrous Elementary School

Mike Wingrove, Allan

Willow Bunch Swimming Pool Renovation

Jaxon Desautels, Willow Bunch

Wynyard C.a.r.r.e.s. Inc.

Neil Marshall, Quill Lake

Yorkton Film Festival

Eugene Holowatuik, Yorkton

Tri-City Horticultural Society

Danielle Armstrong, Nipawin







Boyne Regional Library

Warren McCutcheon, Carman

Glenboro Gaiety Theatre

Rick Hamilton, Glenboro

Onanole Fire Department

Larry Spitula, Onanole

Riverton Curling Club

Linda Loewen, Riverton

Roblin Golf & Country Club 1978 Ltd.

Joanne Buick, Roblin

Roland Golf Club

Gene Graham, Roland

Sinclair Community Hall

Kevin Martin, Sinclair

St Francois Xavier Community School

Andrew Peters, Cartier

Sunflower Early Learning Centre Inc.

Clinton Cocks, Minitonas





Brighton Children’s Centre

Craig & Sarah Wilson, Brighton

Caledonia Agricultural Society

Allan Hedley, Canfield

Dresden Skating Club

Kelly Armstrong, Dresden

Dungannon Agricultural Society

Kayla Lowry, Goderich

Feed Ontario

Lyle & Mary Anne Hendrikx, Strathroy

Jarvis Firefighters Association

Matt Beischlag, Jarvis

Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation

Melanie Smith, Renfrew

Rocklyn 4H Clubs

Christine Wyville, Markdale

Tanner Steffler Foundation

Mike Van Aaken, Varna

West Lorne Optimist Club

Hilary Fleming, Rodney

Muskrat Watershed Council

Rene Coulas, Cobden

Frontenac 4H Dairy Clubs

Logan Orser, Sydenham

1st Howick Scouts

Cecile Antink, Howick

Howick Volunteer Fire Dept

Jason Ness, Howick





Above & Beyond Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Lisa Simpson, Kingston, NS



Ronald MacDonald House Charities, Atlantic

Geneve Newcombe, Port Williams, NS