Local fire departments in Todd County recently received support from the Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers and its checkoff dollars.

Fire departments in Long Prairie, Browerville, Eagle Bend, Grey Eagle, Bertha, Clarissa and Osakis each received monetary donations for the purchase of biodiesel for their fire trucks.

Without local, trained volunteers, rural communities would face longer response time to their calls for aid, the corn and soybean growers said.

“The fire departments were very appreciative of the donation from our organization,” said Elisha Graves, treasurer of the Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers. “It’s important to help our local departments and there’s no better way to do it by also promoting biodiesel. It’s a product that is made from soybeans grown right here.”

Fire departments throughout the state rely on the support of their residents, communities and organizations to assist in the purchase of new or updated equipment and trucks that enable them to provide rescue and emergency services to their communities.

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The Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, which oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the nearly 28,000 farmers in Minnesota.

The council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. Checkoff dollars are used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.