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The BASF Community Challenge returns with $65,000 in donations to support local communities across western Canada

BASF includes additional $25,000 grand prize in celebration of InVigor hybrid canola’s 25th anniversary

CALGARY, September 1, 2021 – BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) announced the return of the BASF Community Challenge with a combined donation amount of $65,000 for communities across Western Canada. Running from September 1 to October 15, the contest calls on InVigor® hybrid canola growers to nominate a local organization or initiative for the chance to receive one of eight $5,000 donations. In celebration of InVigor hybrid canola’s 25th anniversary this coming season, BASF has added a $25,000 grand prize. A special nomination category, the $25,000 prize will be donated to the winner’s organization of choice, in recognition of the impact the organization makes in their community. 


“At BASF, we are committed to being a strong partner for Canadian growers,” said Brent Collins, Head of Canola Seeds, North America, BASF Agricultural Solutions. “We are excited to bring back the BASF Community Challenge and celebrate InVigor’s 25th anniversary. InVigor has been an iconic part of the Western Canadian agriculture community for more than 25 years, but its success wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and commitment of Canadian growers. Our annual Community Challenge allows us to show our appreciation for their ongoing support and give back to the communities where growers live and work.”


BASF has deep roots in farming communities across Canada and recognizes the invaluable role farming communities play in the lives of growers across the country, providing them with a strong support system and network. The BASF Community Challenge is one way BASF gives back to organizations across Canada that play a fundamental role in building stronger communities. 


Last year, the InVigor Community Challenge saw a combined amount of $40,000 donated to eight organizations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 2020 winners and their respective organizations included: 

  • Myles Lussier: Tulloch Memorial Arena, Aborfield, Sask.
  • Brian Kostur Farms: Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association, Ashville, Man.
  • Timik Farms: Camrose Boys & Girls Club, Camrose, Alta.
  • DMG Grain Farm: Holden Agricultural Society, Holden, Alta.
  • McLellan Family Farm: Holdfast Community Green Space, Holdfast, Sask.
  • Vallotton Farms: Wawanesa wee Care Inc., Wawanesa, Man.
  • Heebner Farms: Vanguard Fire Department, Vanguard, Sask.
  • Wickstrom Farms: Vulcan & District Minor Hockey Association, Vulcan, Alta.


The donations supported these organizations to continue to provide important services and resources to their citizens, from critical emergency services to recreational youth clubs.


“We know that local, community organizations are the backbone of farming communities across Canada, and we are excited to be able to once again demonstrate our appreciation and support for Canadian growers by helping organizations in their local communities continue to thrive,” said Collins.  

For more information, including rules and regulations, and to enter, please visit www.agsolutions.ca/invigorcommunity.


About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has over 625 employees who work at one of three production facilities across Canada including: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, and Regina, or one of several research farms across the Canadian prairies. Agricultural Solutions is the largest division of BASF Canada Inc., working closely with the regional Agricultural Solutions team, collaborating on research and product development that benefits North American growers. To find out more about BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions, visit www.agsolutions.ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/BASFAgSolutions.


With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2020, our division generated sales of €7.7 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.

About BASF
BASF Canada Inc., headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has over 1,200 employees at production facilities and offices located across Canada. BASF Canada is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit www.basf.com/ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/basfcanada.


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

BASF Media Contact:

Tabetha Boot

External Communications Manager

BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions

Tel.: (403) 461-1253

Email: Tabetha.boot@basf.com


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