How do 350 employees generate $6,631 for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” event? They put FUN into fundraising. For more than 15 years, the employees at the AGCO-Beloit and Cawker City facilities have supported their Relay team by opening their wallets and giving generously. You may remember reading about this in an earlier post.
This year the AGCO team was able to contribute to two worthy organizations, American Cancer Society and Locks of Love , through the “Get ‘er Cut Fund”. Kirk Cool, Beloit Machine Shop Supervisor offered to cut 10 inches of his ponytail for $500 for the Relay. Then he agreed to an additional one-half inch for every $50 over the goal.
The goal of $500 was met fairly quickly. The fund leveled off at $615 until someone donated $85 which put the haircut at 12 inches. Just before the deadline for contributing, an individual presented $100. During a plant-wide employee meeting June 8, Kirk Cool got a haircut from team co-captain Arlene Zachary; and Locks of Love got a 13-inch gift.
This year’s team members are: Arlene Zachary, co-captain; Eve Flynn, co-captain; Steven Isley; Kathy Hargett; Ethan Smith-Esogbue; Ruth Roberts, and Chandra Ackerman. AGCO employees in Beloit and Cawker City have demonstrated their support of the Relay for Life event for many years. They have donated their personal time and money because they believe there should be more birthdays.
What is the funnest thing you have ever done for charity?
The following post was submitted by Jo Herian at AGCO’s Beloit, Kansas facility:
AGCO’s core values include Team Spirit and Accountability. These values are never more evident than at AGCO’s Beloit and Cawker City, Kansas, USA facilities before the annual ‘Relay for Life’ fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Our Sunflower team has supported the Relay for Life for more than fifteen consecutive years. Funds raised do not come from the community nor the company, but from the pockets of AGCO’s 300 employees. Over the past five years, the average amount contributed is $5,500 (USD) and they are on target to exceed that goal this year!
Whenever possible, FUN goes into the FUNdraisers. This year Kirk Cool, AGCO Supervisor, has agreed to cut his hard-earned ponytail for ‘Locks of Love’ if the goal in the “hair fund” is met. Scissors are ready!
Spaghetti meals, bake sales, motorcycle poker runs, homemade quilts and tickets to major league baseball games have all encouraged employee generosity. One of the most popular prizes is a designated Relay for Life parking spot.
Monies for the American Cancer Society count in the fight against cancer. But what really counts is the heart of AGCO Sunflower employees who give of their time and money because they BELIEVE. They believe one day cancer can be controlled and there can be more birthdays.
Does your community support Relay for Life? How do you get people engaged?
I attended a fantastic class yesterday hosted by AGCO’s own Seeding and Tillage expert, Bob Boelsen, and I learned so much! For example: did you know that Sunflower has over 140 models and sizes available, making it the broadest line of seeding and tillage equipment available? Check out the video below to see our Beloit manufacturing site where our Sunflower implements are made:
Do you use Sunflower seeding or tillage equipment? Where is your farm located and what are the conditions in your area right now?
The Farm Progress Show was a success! Despite the rainy weather, minor flooding and muddy conditions, everyone still came out and had a great time. If you missed the show, you missed a lot. But no worries…we have you covered! You can check out videos from AGCO on our Farm Progress Show playlist on YouTube.
We also visited “Big Bud”, the largest operating tractor in the world, weighing in at 65 tons, standing tall at 14 feet and 28 1/2 feet long. Big Bud boasts a modern-day rating of 1000 horsepower and was produced in 1977-1978. It was huge! Just to give some perspective, the signs in the photo to the right stand just about 5’5″ tall-my height!
- Look for wear on double disk openers and seed tubes.
- Make sure sprocket settings on the planter transmission are correct.
- Assure the controller and monitor are calibrated on hydraulic prime models.
- Make sure the meters have all been cleaned from the previous season.
- Check for worn chains, stiff chain links and tire pressure on ground-drive units.
- Lubricate all chains and grease fittings.
- Check the bearings/bushings on the parallel linkage to ensure that all row units are tracking correctly.
- Make sure seed drop tubes are clean and clear of any obstructions.
- Clean seed tube sensors and make sure the wiring hasn’t been damaged if you are using a planter monitor.
- Ensure coulters and disk openers are aligned properly.
- Check the planter’s depth-control settings to make sure they are accurate.
- Make sure the closing wheels are correctly aligned.
- Make sure the hitch is correctly adjusted so the row units are level.
- Check metering units on fertilizer and insecticide applicators.
- Make sure transport lighting is working properly and reflectors are in place.
- Inspect air tubes for cracks and check the condition of hopper lid seals.
- Make sure the drive and transport tires are inflated to specifications.
“Planter Tune-Up Checklist” by Tharran E. Gaines appeared in the Spring issue of Advantage magazine from AGCO and Red Barn Publishing. If you don’t receive Advantage magazine, visit your local AGCO dealer to sign up.
Do you have any tips to add to the list?