DuPont Pioneer is awarding over $70,000 in grants to Iowa communities for the purchase of grain bin rescue equipment.
Fire departments in Toledo and 14 other communities are receiving the grants to purchase grain bin rescue equipment for use in their communities through the Pioneer community betterment program.
"Safety is one of the DuPont Core Values, and we're pleased to work with local fire departments across Iowa to provide this important, and sometimes life saving, equipment," said Bart Baudler, business director for DuPont Pioneer in Iowa. "Grain bins pose a significant safety risk on the farm, and we hope this equipment not only provides a functional use, but also increases awareness of these risks and leads people to think before entering."
Iowa community fire departments and EMTs were eligible to apply for the grants through their local Pioneer sales representatives.
As the philanthropic arm of DuPont Pioneer, the DuPont Pioneer Giving Program makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for Community Outreach grants is given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.
DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries.
The Toledo production plant has operated here since the mid-1950s.