Blackburn farmers raise funds for child safety

Monday, March 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- During a recent Asgrow and DEKALB brands yield chasers event, Blackburn farmers raised money to aid Farm Safety for Just Kids nonprofit program, while receiving recognition for producing top soybean yields.

The third annual Missouri and eastern Kansas yeld chasers event was held in Kansas City to recognize 44 local farmers for producing the highest yields in their Missouri or eastern Kansas area USDA crop reporting district. These Asgrow soybean and DEKALB corn yield winners celebrated with a night of fun and education, while also raising money for the Farm Safety for Just Kids organization. The Asgrow and DEKALB brands donated items for the evening auction event. After Monsanto's America's Farmers matching donation, the farmers collectively raised $4,234 dollars to support the farm safety program.

The Farm Safety for Just Kids nonprofit program was developed to address child accidents and injuries in the agricultural industry. The organization makes a difference in the lives of families by providing educational resources and programs to rural children about farm safety. Monsanto has been a supporter of this organization since 2001 and has seven active Midwest chapters to help keep farm children safe.

"We couldn't have the programs and materials we have at Farm Safety for Just Kids if it weren't for our supporters," Farm Safety for Just Kids Executive Director Dave Schweitz said. "It's great that we are thought of so we can continue to provide farm safety educational resources to children everywhere."

Farmers who entered the National Corn Growers Association Yield contest or the MO/KS Soybean Association Yield Contest earned an opportunity to compete in the Asgrow and DEKALB Yield Chasers program. The following area farmers were recognized at the event for achieving top yields in their area district:

-- Merle Dierking, Blackburn, second place, conventional category, Asgrow AG4232, 62.69 bu/ac

-- Joel Dierking, Blackburn, first place, conventional category, Asgrow AG3731, 73.84 bu/ac

The 250 yield winners and guests were invited to various learning sessions. These sessions included topics on the latest agriculture information in an effort to help farmers strive for higher yields and greater performance.

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