BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota-based nonprofit organization that helps farm families in need plant and harvest their crops is branching out into haying assistance.
Farm Rescue is accepting applications from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana.
As with planting and harvesting assistance, farmers must have suffered a major injury, illness or natural disaster to qualify for haying help. And Farm Rescue doesn't hand out cash — it brings volunteers to a farm to do the actual physical labor.
CEO and President Bill Gross says the haying assistance is possible because RDO Equipment Co. is supplying a tractor and baler. RDO Executive Vice President Keith Kreps says it's a way to help more farmers.
Farm Rescue has helped more than 250 farm families since its inception in 2006.