“It’s easy to write a check and give financially,” says Kuhl, director of CHS strategic sourcing. “But when you participate, it’s more impactful for both recipients and yourself.”
His connection to safety runs deep. Kuhl grew up on a corn and soybean farm near Amery, Wis., and served on the local volunteer fire department. A few years ago, his father fell 12 feet, injuring his spinal cord. With treatment and help, he’s back farming. His father’s experience left a lasting impression on Kuhl and spurred him to take on a new safety-focused leadership role.
The CHS Foundation has been a long-term supporter of PAF, an organization that hosts more than 400 safety days annually to teach kids ages 4 to 12 how to be safe around agriculture. When a board seat became available, Kuhl knew he could expand the PAF message to new audiences and raise visibility of CHS Foundation involvement in PAF.
“The CHS Foundation has been involved with PAF for 16 years. Our support has helped more than 56,000 youth participate in safety days,” says Kuhl. “But there’s still an opportunity to create awareness for the partnership by hosting safety days at CHS locations.”
In the last few years, CHS has hosted three safety days in conjunction with CHS Rochester and the corporate office in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Find a Progressive Ag Safety Day near your local cooperative at progressiveag.org. In 2017, five CHS locations will host safety days, including CHS Rochester, CHS Drayton, CHS Prairie Lakes, CHS Northern Plains and CHS Ag Services.
“Utilizing the CHS footprint, we have a huge opportunity to benefit our farmer-owners and local communities,” says Kuhl. “By introducing kids to safety practices early, we’re raising awareness and influencing the next generation to operate safely and be safety leaders in their communities.”
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