Four North Dakota Growers Present $20,000 in Donations to Local Organizations

Four North Dakota growers each directed a $5,000 donation to a nonprofit of their choice as part of the Bayer Cereal Experts Grain for Good™ Sweepstakes this season. The $20,000 in donations will help provide materials for a high school Ag department, enhance a greenhouse project for a public school, fund improvements for a rural fire department and support an organization that helps cancer patients and their families. These growers and their selected organizations include:

  • Karen Thomas, Velva, North Dakota: Velva High School Ag Department
  • Palmer Lindaulf, Benedict, North Dakota: Max North Dakota Public School Greenhouse Project
  • Stan Stein, Wahpeton, North Dakota: Cares for Cancer, Hankison Chapter
  • Julie Schoeler, Courtenay, North Dakota: Courtenay Rural Fire Department

“When I saw the opportunity Bayer was providing to potentially receive $5,000 for my local community, I said to my husband, let’s go for it,” said Karen Thomas, a wheat grower from Velva, North Dakota. “We have two boys in high school and both are planning on furthering their education at NDSU in agriculture and returning to the farm. The Velva Ag Department has provided to them excellent education and we hope the $5,000 will be used to enhance the tools and equipment to increase the opportunities for students interested in agriculture.”

Christine Fannik, head of the Velva Ag department, said this donation will be used to update and improve many aspects of the Velva High School Ag Education program, both in the shop and for materials within the classroom.

Another Grain for Good donation to Courtenay Rural Fire Department will be used to purchase needed equipment, supplies and tools for the firehouse. It will help improve all aspects in and outside the fire department, which includes building a handicap restroom.

“The Courtenay Rural Fire Department includes a group of dedicated men that respond quickly 24/7,” said Julie Schoeler, Grain for Good winner from Courtenay. “They take on several community projects at once and are always willing to help in any situation. These folks are incredibly deserving of this donation.”

To enter in the sweepstakes, entrants had to grow 250+ acres of cereal crops in eligible states. No purchase was necessary, and it was limited to one per person. Winners were selected randomly by a third party.

The Bayer Cereal Experts are excited to see all the ways the donations will help communities. Learn more about the Cereal Experts and the innovative Bayer cereals portfolio at