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CHS donates $10,000 to Oxford Rural Fire & Rescue

Through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program, Oxford Rural Fire and Rescue is receiving $10,000 to update and improve the equipment used by local first responders to swiftly and effectively execute rope rescues.

“The Seeds for Stewardship grant from CHS will allow the South Central Rope Rescue Team (SCRR) to upgrade aging equipment and add new tools to our toolbox,” says Bill Grossnicklaus, operations chief, South Central Rope Rescue. “Our SCRR team is comprised of volunteer firefighters from Oxford, Wilcox, Minden, Franklin, and Funk and respond to a large portion of south central and southwest Nebraska. We rely on donations and department annual dues for operating funds. On behalf of SCRR, I would like to thank CHS and look forward to the partnership we have formed that will enhance safety for CHS employees and customers.”

The CHS Seeds for Stewardship program supports organizations and projects that are focused on safety, ag education, and strengthening and uplifting hometown communities. The funds like those being donated by CHS based in Holdrege are part of the CHS commitment to empower a safer, stronger rural America through financial support that goes directly back into communities where CHS farmer- and rancher-owners and employees work, live and do business. 

“This donation is important to communities in our surrounding area,” says John Ptacnik, general manager and senior director of operations, CHS. “The donation will be used to upgrade rescue equipment that is vital to the department and also to our communities in South Central Nebraska.”

Since 2019, CHS ag retail and feed mill locations have donated more than $803,000 to local communities and organizations through CHS Seeds for Stewardship.