Farm Rescue is a nonprofit orgnization based in Horace, ND, that serves the farmers and ranchers of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa.
Dan Erdmann is Marketing Communications Officer for Farm Rescue and he says the main focus of their organization at the moment has to be the farmers and ranchers in southern and western North Dakota who are suffering from extreme drought conditions and those throughout Montana where wildfires are raging.
They are in the midst of “Operation Hay Lift” transporting bales the farmers and ranchers purchase providing transportation of that hay free of charge. There were 90 on the list needing help as of Friday, Aug. 4, Erdmann said.
Thursday, Aug. 3 two Farm Rescue flat-bed trucks were spotted on Highway 1 near Stump Lake Village, heading north.
Erdmann said they had been transporting hay from the Grafton area south to New Salem and Richardton. The empty trucks were headed back to pick up another load.
At the same time as they are coordinating these efforts, Farm Rescue volunteers are also keeping their eyes on the calendar and ripening fields, because harvest is nearly upon us, too.
“We plan to be in the fields harvesting, too, very shortly, so we are in need of volunteers and more CDL drivers to meet the need,” he added.
Presently they have applications from more than a dozen farmers who need their help with harvest. “We have to go through the applications first, verifying everything, but it looks like we will be helping someone in the Lake Region in the next few weeks with harvest,” Erdmann said.
He did not want to give the farmer’s name, yet, because the application hadn’t been processed yet.
Farm Rescue is a nonprofit orgnization based in Horace, ND, that serves the farmers and ranchers of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa. They will step in when a farmer or rancher is sick or injured.
This year, because of the unusual weather circumstances, free hay hauling is available through the remainder of the year as funding allows. (Certain restrictions apply regarding the distance and quality of bales to ensure safe transport.) Farm Rescue has already transported loads of bales to several ranchers affected by drought, but more donated or discounted hay is needed to accommodate the shortage. Anyone willing to provide such a gift to help a ranch family in need should call 701-252-2017 or visit farmrescue.org/donate.
Since Bill Gross founded Farm Rescue in 2006, more than 425 families have been helped.
“We are asking people to prayerfully consider making a special donation of hay or a monetary contribution so we can continue delivering feed for livestock of drought-stricken ranch families during this natural disaster.” said Gross, Founder and President, Farm Rescue.
“Ranchers who need help in locating or transporting hay should contact our office as soon as possible.”
The Devils Lake Journal printed a story in the fall of 2015 about Greg Maddock from Maddock, ND, and in the fall of 2014 a story about Quentin Georgeson from New Rockford, ND, both were helped by Farm Rescue when they were injured and unable to harvest their crops.
The organization’s mission is to help farmers and ranchers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant, hay or harvest their crop.
Applications are currently being accepted for haying, hay hauling, and harvesting. Applications are available by calling 701-252-2017 or visiting www.farmrescue.org.