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The Cornerstone Agency Partners with Nationwide and Local Fire Departments to Protect Grain Bin Workers with Fifth Annual Safety Contest

The contest helps save lives with grain bin rescue tubes and essential training

Grain Bin Safety Week | February 18 - 24, 2018

Tampico, Illinois – Each year, farmers risk their lives when they enter large grain bins to remove clumped or rotting grain while machinery is still running. Much like quicksand, flowing grain can bury a worker within seconds. 

Because these accidents have become all too common, Nationwide and The Cornerstone Agency are launching the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest in recognition of Grain Bin Safety Week. The goal is to prevent injuries from happening by widely sharing safe bin-entry procedures, such as maintaining quality grain, testing bin atmosphere for toxic gases and wearing proper safety equipment.

The Cornerstone Agency is proud to support this great cause to help save lives. We hope you’ll join us in promoting this contest by getting the word out to family, friends and businesses and encouraging them to nominate their local fire department. Contest winners will receive a grain rescue tube and rescue training. 

Since 2014, Nationwide has awarded grain bin rescue tubes and training to 48 fire departments in 18 states. The Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas and the Glenville Fire Department in Minnesota have both put their tubes and training to action — saving the lives of farmers trapped in grain bins.

Grain Bin Safety Week runs this year from Feb. 18-24, 2018, and nominations for the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest are open until April 30. Both are supported by Nationwide and the following partners:

KC Supply


- Nationwide Land As Your Legacy

Specialty Risk Insurance

- KFSA Insurance Agency

David Larson Financial and Insurance Services, Inc.

The Cornerstone Agency Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Ravenna Feed & Grain

Sietsema Farms Feeds

Agri-Business Insurance Services

The Scoular Company

West Side Salvage

NOHR Wortmann Engineering

The National Education Center for Agricultural Safety

- First Gabrielson Insurance Agency

“Grain Bin Safety Week could not happen without the generous support of our sponsors whose contributions to the program help to ensure the safety of farmers across the country,” said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, the No. 1 farm insurer[1].

For more information about the program, purpose or nomination process, visit or watch this video.

About The Cornerstone Agency

Our mission is to be a premier, all-lines, independent insurance agency in northern Illinois and the surrounding areas. We shall strive to be proud of our product, customer service, customer satisfaction and fair competitive pricing.

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2018 Nationwide.

[1] Source: 2015 SNL Financial Report. Based on statutory data.


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