ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — CHS Inc. announced on Feb. 23 it has contributed $10,000 to the second annual Grain Bin Safety Week. The donation will fund grain bin rescue tubes and specialized training that fire departments use to help save farmers and other workers engulfed in grain bins.

Organized by Nationwide Agribusiness, Grain Bin Safety Week (Feb. 22–28) is an annual observance dedicated to increase awareness of grain bin safety on farms and commercial grain-handling facilities. The goal of this event is to educate the agricultural community on safe work practices and procedures to help reduce the number of preventable injuries and deaths associated with grain handling and storage.

Multiple winners of rescue tubes and related training will be chosen in the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest, a popular component of Grain Bin Safety Week. Nominations are being accepted by Nationwide Agribusiness through May 31, online and by mail.

“The chances of surviving grain engulfment are greatly increased if rescue equipment is available to local, volunteer fire departments,” said William Nelson, vice-president, CHS corporate citizenship. “Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to really make a difference by helping fire departments get much-needed rescue equipment and training. Together, we’ll be saving lives.”