BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) is donating a combined $65,000 to farming communities across Western Canada.

BASF’s Community Challenge called on canola growers to nominate a local organization or initiative for the chance to receive one of eight $5,000 donations, with an additional $25,000 grand prize award in celebration of InVigor hybrid canola’s 25th anniversary season.

The $25,000 grand prize will be donated to the Peace Country Gleaners, a non-profit organization based in La Crete, Alberta, focused on feeding hungry people around the world.

The Community Challenge—which ran from August 30 to October 15, 2021—generated nearly 100 entries from growers across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Eight winning recipients were selected by random draw, and each received a $5,000 donation in their name to their selected community initiative or organization.

In addition to the grand prize, the following organizations were selected as the contest winners and each will receive a $5,000 donation:

Emerson Kinder College Inc.: nominated by Tannis Neufeld, Halbstadt, Man.
North Norfolk Childcare Centre: nominated by Jo-elle Early, Austin, Man.

Sovereign Lions: nominated by Brett Sinclair, Rosetown, Sask.
Theodore ABC Daycare: nominated by Jade Delaurier, Springside, Sask.
Glendon Minor Hockey Association.: nominated by Ryan Schappert, Saint Vincent, Alta.
The Lyalta Community Club: nominated by Tim McCollister, Lyalta, Alta.
Gap Swimming Committee: nominated by Mark and Ashlee Vermeulen, Ceylon, Sask.
Hafford Communiplex: nominated by Dallas Simmonds, Hafford, Sask.

“I was excited to learn Emerson Kinder College was selected as a winning recipient of BASF’s Community Challenge,” said Tannis Neufeld, local grower and Community Challenge nominator. “The daycare and their exceptional staff are committed to delivering a safe and educational environment for children, and this $5,000 donation will allow them to continue to do so. My two children attend full-time, and without it, I would not be able to work as an agronomist and do what I love to support my family.”