CHS supports Little Suamico Fire Dept through $2,610 grant

Left-Right: Chris Glinski, Second Assistant Chief; Kris Wirts, Second Captain; Todd Zuge, Little Suamico Fire Department Chief; Jeremy Hunt, CHS Larsen Cooperative Agronomy Sales Manager; and Mike Sievert, Sievert Dairy Farms.

Keeping our communities, customers and employees safe is a core value at CHS. Through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program, CHS is proud to support local organizations that focus on safety, agriculture industry leadership and supporting rural communities.

The Little Suamico Fire Department (LSFD) received a $2,610 grant from CHS Larsen Cooperative to purchase grain entrapment rescue equipment through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program.

“Rural communities work hard to keep people safe while building and developing tomorrow’s leaders,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative, “We are thankful for those who are dedicated to making sure our communities continue to be strong, safe places for our customers and employees to live and work together. Their great work helps build connections that empower agriculture and our communities.”

Sievert Dairy Farms, a customer of CHS Larsen Cooperative, recently invited Little Suamico Fire Department to their grain facility for grain information and rescue training. During the training they simulated an entrapment scenario. While participating in the simulated grain rescue, one of the fire fighters got stuck in corn, thigh deep, for over an hour. After training, the group reflected on the scenario which highlighted the strong need for proper grain rescue tools to truly provide both farmer/ employee and fire fighter safety. LSFD response area, including neighboring communities, has over 30 large grain storage sites and numerous other small storage units.

After extensive research LSFD determined a grain bin rescue tube, grain auger, and cordless drill would best support their rescue efforts.  LSFD operates on a fixed budget every year and largely relies on grants and donations to purchase new equipment. Sievert Dairy offered to donate $500 towards the project and this grant will cover the remaining expense.

Mike Sievert has been instrumental in organizing grain rescue training with LSFD, supplying the knowledge and practical experience to make firefighters/ first responders aware of the dangers associated with the storage units.

“We really appreciate working with Mike to allow us to do training at his grain facility and his continued support of the fire department,” says Todd Zuge, Little Suamico Fire Department Chief.

Since 2019, CHS ag retail locations across the U.S. have awarded more than $340,000 to local organizations through the Seeds for Stewardship program. The funds provided in 2020 are being used to help protect firefighters, engage students in ag leadership and education projects, sustain local 4-H and FFA groups, and build gathering places where 4-Hers and community members can meet.

CHS Larsen Cooperative delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Wisconsin ag producers and other customers in 25 counties in Wisconsin and three in Upper Michigan. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

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