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|Farm Bureau Starts Safety Fund
|Quick and somewhat overwhelming success in raising funds to give several local fire departments equipment they would need should someone get trapped while working inside a grain bin, has resulted in a new initiative for the Knox County Farm Bureau.
The Farm Bureau's Young Farmers had hoped to raise around $16,000 needed in order to purchase plastic rescue tubes that can be inserted into grain bins to help in the rescues, but member Andrew Bowman says donations quickly grew to over $20,000.
And Bowman tells WGIL the excess funds is leading to the establishment of a new Farm Safety Fund.
"We're hoping to use this extra money for like-focused projects," Bowman said. "We're going to focus on ag safety. We could buy more grain tubes, but we decided 'we've got five throughout Knox County. It might not be prudent for every department to have a specialized piece of equipment.' With the excess funds, we're actually going to be taking suggestions for people in the community, that can go towards new projects."
Bowman says anyone with ideas for those projects can contact himself or the Knox County Farm Bureau in Galesburg.
The Young Farmers thanked those initial donors Saturday, which included banks, insurance companies, and ag grain company Monsanto, during a training day for local fire departments who received the rescue tubes.
(The Knox County Farm Bureau's Young Farmers formally receive a donation Saturday from Monsanto, during grain bin entrapment rescue training. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 19 11 by Newsroom
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