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2019 Weekly Highlights

November 8, 2019 - Inching Toward the Finish Line

The cold weather has officially crept in and it looks as though it's here to stay. One positive result of that fact has been the absence of rain! Some areas received a little snow throughout the week, but thankfully, it hasn't hindered progress all that much. Many crops are still pretty damp, but the frozen soil has allowed for much easier field access than in recent weeks. Crew number 1 wrapped up some soybeans near Middle River, MN, where a farmer was dealing with a pinched nerve, chronic kidney disease and knee replacement. Crew 2 has been making some headway near Maxbass, ND to assist a farmer with his soybean harvest as he recovers from bowel surgery. Things have been moving slowly, but we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. The conditions have also taken a toll on some of our machinery, with a few repair delays popping up this week. Thankfully, our knowledgable volunteers and equipment sponsors have been able to remedy the issues in short order and it won't be long before those machines receive a well-deserved respite for the winter. We are so appreciative of our Farm Rescuers in the field this week for braving the cold and powering through repairs to keep us on track. Thank you, Emil Baranko, Kenneth Chyle, Sharon Hanson, Kieth Worthley, Erv Geisler, Garry Deckert, Mike Wilson and Mark Danielczyk!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


November 1, 2019 - By the Grace of God

Our prayers were answered this week, as a few days of cooperative weather gave way to an illusive concept this year - PROGRESS! Crew number 1 began the week near Granite Falls, MN, harvesting corn for a farmer recovering from a broken hip. From there, they made their way north to Middle River, MN, where another farmer was in need of soybean assistance while dealing with a pinched nerve, chronic kidney disease and knee replacement. Crew 2 spent the early portion of this week near Elgin, ND, combining sunflowers for a farmer battling a bone disease which greatly hinders his ability to stand and walk. They recently moved to Maxbass, ND to assist a farmer with his soybean harvest as he recovers from bowel surgery. Conditions are still very wet in many areas, but colder temperatures are allowing some field access where the soil has hardened a bit. There are still plenty of crops standing out there, but it's encouraging to see some equipment moving again throughout the region. Our volunteers have been working tirelessly to take advantage of the improved conditions and we can't thank them enough for their dedication to this mission. Special thanks to this week's boots on the ground: Dale Lamphere, Emil Baranko, Andy Wittenburg, Kenneth Chyle, David Frueh, Mike Youngblood, Kieth Worthley, Garry Deckert and Mike Wilson. God bless our Farm Rescuers and all of those still fighting to bring in this year's crop!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


October 25, 2019 - Slow Going

It's a muddy mess out there for most of the region, as farmers continue their efforts to bring in this year's crop by whatever means necessary. Earlier this week, North Dakota Governor, Doug Burgum, declared a statewide flood emergency in response to unprecedented fall flooding. North Dakota Ag Commissioner, Doug Goehring, estimates that in western Minnesota and North Dakota, alone, around two billion dollars worth of soybeans are still sitting in water or at least in conditions which may not allow producers to get out there and get them anytime soon. The story is very similar throughout the rest of our 6-state service territory. It's definitely been a harvest for the history books and one we hope isn't repeated anytime soon. With all of that said, Farm Rescue volunteers are still hard at work helping wherever help is needed. Recent cooperative weather allowed for some additional soybean acres to be combined near Bismarck, ND, with hopes of moving on to other soybean cases in Middle River, MN and Maxbass, ND, as well as a potential corn assistance case near Granite Falls, MN (if conditions allow). We know frustrations and anxiety are running high throughout the agricultural community, but it's important to remember why communities exist - to be there for one another. Check on your neighbors, support each other and never underestimate the power of prayer. As always, we are truly thankful to OUR community of supporters who make Farm Rescue's efforts possible. We're especially thankful to this week's Farm Rescuers in the field:  Kenneth Chyle, Emil Baranko, Dale Lamphere, Andy Wittenburg and Kieth Worthley. You are amazing!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


October 18, 2019 - Digging Out

The wait continues for most farmers throughout the area, following a major snow storm that pushed through the region last weekend. Some portions of our service territory received more than 30 inches of snow, combined with high winds to form some pretty massive drifts. Temps have slowly climbed throughout the work week melting some of those blankets of white, but there's still plenty left on the ground. The fields now free of snow are still very saturated, which has made driving heavy equipment very challenging and often impossible. There are some that have been able to resume harvest operations and we pray that trend continues for all farmers with crops left standing. The quality of those crops has definitely taken a hit the past few weeks, unfortunately. If the current weather pattern holds, we’re hoping our volunteers can resume their work in time to help a farmer in western North Dakota with his sunflower harvest and another in southern Minnesota with his remaining corn before the weather turns. That work will hopefully begin early next week. In the meantime, our amazing volunteers have found ways to contribute out of the field, moving equipment and performing maintenance in preparation of the work ahead. Farm Rescuers lending their time and talents this week include Kenneth Chyle and Dale Lamphere. Thank you for your continued patience and passion for helping families in need!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


October 11, 2019 - Racing Mother Nature

This week finally started off on the right foot, with a few days of sunshine and warmer temps. Unfortunately, many fields throughout the region were still very saturated, which continued to make combining a challenge. The big news all week has been the winter storm set to hit a large portion of our service territory, with some portions of the area forecasted to receive around 2 feet of snow when all is said and done. With that in mind, our volunteers raced the clock to tackle a few acres of soybeans near Bismarck before that weather system made its arrival. Many areas have already received a significant blanket of snow that's sure to create some major difficulties in an already-frustrating harvest season. This week's Farm Rescuers in the field definitely had their work cut out for them and we can't thank them enough for their perseverance in carrying out our mission. Special thanks to Kieth Worthley, Sharon Hanson, Garry Deckert and Kenneth Chyle. You are a truly amazing group of Good Samaritans! Time will tell how this early winter weather will affect the many remaining acres of soybeans and corn, but just as we've done for the past several weeks, we'll continue praying for all the farmers trying their best to reap what's been sown. 

Hoping for some happier news next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


October 4, 2019 - When It Rains, It... Snows?!?

Sadly, there isn't much to update this week, as waterlogged fields remain wet and progress remains stalled. It comes as no surprise there are many frustrated farmers out there, just waiting for things to dry out. In the meantime, the quality of crops left standing continues to worsen with each passing rain shower and some portions of our service area even received their first blanket of snow. Our volunteers remain in good spirits and poised to help, whenever Mother Nature offers a break. They're still hoping to finish up some wheat near Leith, ND, but most of this week was spent prepping equipment for the upcoming soybean harvest. A big thank you to those who've braved the moisture and cold to keep us moving forward, especially this week's Farm Rescuers in the field: Kieth Worthley and Garry Deckert. God bless all of the struggling farm families this year and continued prayers for an improved harvest!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


September 27, 2019 - A Harvest Like No Other

Just as the weather was showing signs of cooperating, Mother Nature decided it was time to throw a few more obstacles in the path of some already frustrated farming communities. Rain has continued slowing progress throughout the region and has devastated several portions of our service area, including parts of central North Dakota that received nearly 8 inches of precipitation in just a few hours. As we wait for soybeans to mature, our volunteers are still trying their best to finish harvesting some late wheat for a farmer near Leith, ND. Samples have been wet the past few days, with even more rain in the forecast this weekend. We're hoping things dry out again soon and allow us to finish up wheat for the year. As always, our Angels in Blue remain undeterred and willing to help in whatever capacity they can. We are so thankful for their patience and continued work ethic in the face of adversity. Special thanks to this week's Farm Rescuers in the field: Kieth Worthley, Mike Wilson, Larry Leier, Gary Janz and David Frueh. You are all superheroes in our book! Hoping we have more to report next Friday!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


September 20, 2019 - Back At It

Our prayers were answered this week, as moisture finally gave way to a few days of sunshine and breezy weather. That was just enough to get the combines rolling and make a bit of progress on a later-than-average wheat harvest. Crew 1 finished up a few hundred acres near Pekin, ND, as Crew 2 resumed their work near Noonan, ND for a farmer who was mauled by one of his cows. A few rain showers did push through the area, but overall, it was a good week. As the soybeans make their transition from green to brown, we hope for continued dry weather and a safe harvest for all the farmers working hard to bring in their crop!

Patience is a virtue and thankfully our volunteers have shown a lot of it lately. Although they've kept busy during the weather delays, we know they appreciate being back in the field. A big thanks to this week's Farm Rescue crews, including Kieth Worthley, Austin Magruder, Jerry Christians, Garry Deckert and David Frueh. We can't thank you enough!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


September 13, 2019 - If Only Combines Could Float...

Well, the wetness just keeps getting wetter and that trend has stalled pretty much all fieldwork throughout the region. A big portion of our service area received an additional 2-4 inches of rainfall this week alone, which has made for some pretty sloppy conditions. At a time when we'd normally be gearing up for soybean harvest, it's a little strange to see so many small grains still waiting to be combined. Crew 1 is in a holding pattern in northeastern North Dakota, as the weather dictates which of our scheduled cases they will be heading to next. Crew 2 is also waiting for things to dry out near Noonan, ND, as they hope to continue combining wheat for a farmer who was severely injured by one of his cows. In the meantime, volunteers have still been keeping busy, moving equipment and performing some necessary maintenance. One bright spot this week was being able to visit with farmers, volunteers and other attendees of the annual Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, ND. There was a LOT of traffic at the Farm Rescue booth (another byproduct of the wet weather), but we always enjoy the conversations. It's a wonderful opportunity to not only tell our story to those unfamiliar with our work, but also to hear the difference Farm Rescue has made for so many folks throughout the Midwest. It never gets old hearing, "You guys helped a friend/relative/neighbor of mine." It's another reminder that the work being done through this organization truly matters. We also hear the words "Thank you" spoken a lot throughout the event, but it's all of you who deserve that thanks. Our volunteers, sponsors, individual donors and other supporters have allowed this life-changing work to continue and we are so appreciative of you all!

Special thanks to those who braved the weather this week to lend your time and talents to our mission, including Dennis Bartsch, Bob Miller, Carrie Speer, Jenn Johnson, Cory Holen, Brittney Weber, Audrey Kankelfritz, Garry Deckert, Kieth Worthley, Dan Sullwold, Thomas Wilson and Mark Benson!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


September 6, 2019 - Truckin' Along

Seems like deja vu these past few weeks when it comes to writing these updates. Frequent rain showers have continued slowing progress, but our assistance efforts have continued whenever Mother Nature allows. Crew 1 just wrapped up some wheat combining near Rock Lake, ND for a farmer who injured in an ATV accident. Crew 2 started the week in Leith, ND, but the wet weather had things completely stalled. They've since moved North to Noonan, ND to harvest wheat for a farmer who was mauled by a cow, broke 12 ribs and both bones in shoulder. They'll be returning to Leith once that task is complete, barring any further weather setbacks!

The patience and dedication of our volunteers is second to none and we can't thank them enough for powering us through the delays to keep our mission on track. A big thanks to this week's Farm Rescuers in the field:  Glen Haekenkamp, Mike Melaas, Kieth Worthley, Sharon Hanson, Kyle Thormodson, Alan Bryce, Gary Janz, Mark Baumgarten and Willie Dunn. We can't thank you enough!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


August 30, 2019 - Wait, Wheat, Repeat

Mother Nature continues to hinder progress this harvest season, but our volunteers have been hard at work whenever conditions allow. Crew 1 began their week near Rock Lake, ND, assisting a farmer who was severely injured in an ATV accident. Broken ribs, a separated shoulder and permanent nerve damage have greatly-limited his abilities, so Farm Rescue is honored to be helping with his wheat harvest (when fields are dry enough to combine!) Crew 2 made their way from Lemmon, SD to Leith, ND to assist another farmer in need, as they try to complete their wheat acres. Showers have stalled progress for now and the long holiday weekend has made it a challenge to find available volunteers, but just as they always do, our amazing family of do-gooders have risen to the challenge to keep our equipment rolling. There are many acres to cover in the next few months and we are truly blessed to have so many passionate supporters of our mission. If you're a sponsor, a donor, a volunteer or simply an individual spreading the word about Farm Rescue, please know you are appreciated. Thank you for being a Farm Rescuer! And of course, a huge thank you to this week's volunteers in the field: Rick Davidson, John Robertson, David Frueh, Randy Thooft, Mike Ziegler, Robert Sepulvado and Erv Geisler. You are all rockstars!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


August 23, 2019 - Gaining Ground

Cooperative weather makes a big difference in agriculture and thankfully, we've seen a bit more of it this week. Crew 1 wrapped up a few more wheat acres near Harvey, ND for a farmer who was injured in an ATV accident. They've now ventured to Rock Lake, ND to harvest wheat for another farmer injured in a 4-wheeler accident who sustained several broken ribs and a separated shoulder with nerve damage. Crew 2 also finished up some wheat near McClusky, ND, as a mother of 3 and key member of the family's farming operation continues her recovery from a traumatic brain injury. From there, they headed down to Lemmon, SD to harvest wheat for a farmer battling cancer. After a short rain delay, they're hoping a bit of wind and sunshine will allow operations to resume this afternoon.

The weather may be unpredictable, but the support we receive from our amazing sponsors, donors and volunteers is unwavering. We could not do what we do without the help of so many of you. A big thanks to this week's Farm Rescuers in the field - Garry Deckert, David Frueh, Robert Sepulvado, Gary Janz, Larry Leier, Bob Miller, Mike Ziegler, John Robertson, Randy Thooft and Rick Davidson. Thank you all for your flexibility and passion for helping others!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann - Marketing Communications Officer


August 16, 2019 - The Waiting Game

As is often the case with farming, we've experienced a lot of starting and stopping with our assistance efforts throughout the past week. Just as conditions are right to roll, it seems the rain is never far behind. Crew 1 has continued to harvest wheat off-and-on near Harvey, ND for a farmer who sustained several broken ribs and fractured his clavicle and scapula bones in an ATV accident. Crew 2 is still near McClusky, ND assisting a family with their barley and wheat harvest as the mother continues her recovery from a traumatic brain injury. 

The flexibility and passion of our volunteers has been making a world of difference in staffing these assistance efforts in the midst of weather delays. It seemed both locations would not be dry enough to combine until Sunday, but sun and wind moved that timeline up to Friday. That meant each crew needed to assemble at a moment's notice to keep making progress. As you might imagine, that's no easy task when many of our Angels in Blue travel hundreds of miles from a variety of states to provide help. We are truly thankful to all who make that journey, whether from near or far, to carry out our mission. Special thanks to Jim Rose, Mike Youngblood, Garry Deckert, David Frueh, Robert Sepulvado, Gary Janz, Larry Leier, Heidi Kjono and Bob Miller.

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


August 9, 2019 - Ready, Set, Harvest!

Harvest has officially arrived and so have more of our amazing volunteers to assist farmers in crisis throughout the region! The combines are rolling and our crews are hard at work carrying out our mission. Crew 1 assembled near Harvey, ND to assist a farmer who was injured in an ATV accident while herding cattle. Farm Rescue volunteers are combining a few hundred acres of his wheat after he sustained several broken ribs and fractured his clavicle and scapula bones. Crew 2 is currently near McClusky, ND harvesting barley for a farm family as a wife/mother/crucial member of the operation recovers from a traumatic brain injury. Wet weather has slowed progress a bit, but our Angels in Blue are anxious to continue their efforts when things dry out. 

It takes a lot of coordination and support to make our work possible and we can't say "Thank You" enough to all those involved. Our sponors, donors and volunteers are the moving parts of a much larger machine and we are truly grateful to ALL our Farm Rescuers. This week, we give special thanks to our first harvest volunteers of the season: Keith Bisson, Gaylen Weisenburger, Lee Van Ruler, Jim Rose, Mike Youngblood, Garry Deckert and David Frueh. You are a blessing to our organization!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


August 2, 2019 - Hay Bales & Parade Trails

It's been a few weeks since our last update, but we've definitely been keeping busy! After our spring planting efforts wrapped up, we pretty much jumped right into haying season. Our volunteers spent time cutting and baling in western North Dakota, assisting a rancher near Beulah dealing with significant heart complications. From there, they moved near Dickinson to provide haying assistance to another rancher battling brain cancer. Despite a few delays for weather and maintenance, our Angels in Blue rose to the challenge and made a whole lot of bales to support these ranchers' herds.

Recently, another group of volunteers converged in Minot, ND to represent Farm Rescue in the North Dakota State Fair Parade, where our President and Founder, Bill Gross, was honored to serve as Grand Marshal. It was an amazing experience for our organization and we thank everyone who came out to watch! Special thanks to Gooseneck Implement for providing much-appreciated equipment and facilities before and after the parade.

We're not much for bragging, but we truly feel our volunteers are the best in the world! Everything we do is made possible through their hard work and passion for helping others. These past few weeks, we've had many Farm Rescuers serving as our boots on the ground to further our mission, including Bill Bjorneby, Clint Wald, Mike Janeway, Austin Magruder, David Frueh, Will Rudolphi, Vera Wright, Charlie Bartsch, Garry Deckert, Gary Krieger, Kathy Duchsherer, Nathan Smith, the Mark Naaden family and Minot UPS employees and their family members. Sorry if I missed anyone!

Harvest is just around the corner and more of our amazing volunteers are set to carry out our assistance efforts throughout the region in the coming weeks and months. Thank you to all our sponsors and donors for making that work possible! 

Until next week, 

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


June 14, 2019 - Seeds Have Been Sown

The 2019 planting season is officially in the books! Earlier this week, our last group of volunteers wrapped up soybean planting for a Milbank, SD farmer recovering from back surgery. Despite some downtime for wet weather, we feel pretty blessed with how everything came together throughout our planting assistance operations. Everyone remained safe and there weren't any major breakdowns to hinder progress along our service route. What more could you ask for?

Operation Hay Lift is still going strong, as our volunteers work to deliver more donated hay and supplies to portions of Nebraska and Iowa affected by severe flooding. From the hay donors to our volunteer drivers and the many individuals and businesses who stepped forward to make this relief effort possible, we can't say THANK YOU enough! If you ever needed another reminder of the overwhelming generosity that exists in the agricultural community, this is definitely it!

Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and donors who carried us through the planting season and all the while, continued supporting Operation Hay Lift. A special shout out to Kieth Worthley for helping us cross the finish line with planting and for your extra efforts in transporting equipment, performing maintenance and getting us ready to help the next farmers and ranchers in crisis!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


June 7, 2019 - Nearly There

It's hard to believe the end of planting season is now in sight and we couldn't be more grateful to the volunteers, sponsors and donors who helped us get here. Crew 1 wrapped-up their remaining soybean acres for a farmer near Litchville, ND recovering from a stroke. Crew 2 put on some miles this week, after finishing some late-season wheat for a McCanna, ND farmer who recently underwent arm surgery. Their next stop was near Frederick, SD to plant a few hundred acres of soybeans for a farmer battling cancer who also had a recent hip replacement. From there, they ventured to Milbank, SD for our final planting assistance case of 2019. They plan to finish seeding soybeans for a farmer recovering from back surgery within the next day or two (weather permitting). 

In the midst of our planting efforts, Operation Hay Lift volunteer drivers have continued hauling hay and supplies to ranchers affected by severe flooding in Nebraska. We still have several more loads of donated hay to deliver in the coming weeks, as well as some much-needed fencing supplies. Thank you to everyone who made this operation possible!

Another HUGE thank you goes out to Farm Rescue's boots on the ground - our volunteers! Special thanks to Kenneth Chyle, Emil Baranko, Kieth Worthley, Bill Helpingstine, Greg Kalinoski and Michael Davis for your selfless efforts this week. We couldn't do this without you!

Until next week,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


May 31, 2019 - Waitin' on Water

Midwest farmers have many acres left to plant and an ever-dwindling supply of patience. Weekend rain showers added moisture to already-saturated fields across the region, but a couple days of sun and breeze made a big difference for several areas. That allowed our volunteers to get back to doing what they do best - helping farmers in crisis! Crew 1 resumed soybean planting near Hazelton, ND for a farmer battling leukemia. From there, they returned to Litchville, ND to wrap up a few more acres of soybeans for a farmer who suffered a stroke. Crew 2 picked up where they left off in McCanna, ND, planting a few hundred acres of wheat for a farmer recovering from arm surgery. 

Wet weather has also slowed progress on Operation Hay Lift, but thanks to some amazing volunteer drivers, we were able to deliver several more loads to Nebraska throughout the week. 

"Thank You" is definitely our most used phrase at Farm Rescue, but we are truly thankful to everyone who makes our mission possible. This week's team of do-gooders includes Kim Brown, Kieth Worthley, Greg Kalinoski, Kenneth Chyle, Emil Baranko, Bill Helpingstine, Mike Platt and Rick Davidson. Thank you all for your passion and work ethic! We're hoping the weather holds throughout the remainder of planting and we're praying for all the farmers working tirelessly to get their crops in the ground!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


May 24, 2019 - H2 Oh My!

As is often the case in agriculture, we currently find ourselves at the mercy of Mother Nature, waiting for the rain to stop and fields to dry. Thankfully, we have a patient group of volunteers ready to spring into action whenever that happens! Crew 1 began the week with hopes of planting 700+ acres of soybeans for a farmer near Hazelton, ND battling leukemia. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. Crew 2 is in the same boat (literally, if the rain doesn't stop) as their assistance efforts were also stalled due to precipitation. They began their week in Litchville, ND, planting soybeans for a farmer who recently suffered a stroke. When field conditions worsened, they traveled to McCanna, ND to beat the next round of rain and plant some wheat for a farmer recovering from arm surgery. The wet weather has now saturated most of the region and our two crews joined forces to tackle some maintenance on our vehicle fleet. Like so many other farmers, they're anxious to get back in the field!

The weather has also created some challenges with hay deliveries, as many of our generous hay donors' yards are too wet for pick-ups to occur. Despite that fact, three loads of hay were transported to Nebraska this week for Operation Hay Lift and two more are on the way!

None of this would be possible without the support of many individuals and businesses. Thank you to RDO Truck Centers of Fargo and RDO Equipment Company of Fergus Falls, MN for assisting with DOT inspections this week. We are also truly grateful to the folks at Red Horse Ranch near Fergus Falls for providing storage space for our equipment. Last but not least, we want to extend a huge thank you to our volunteers for their dedication, patience and generosity in helping us fulfill our mission (even during wet weather). This week's Good Samaritan crews include Kenneth Chyle, Kieth Worthley, Wayland Adams, Kim Brown, Greg Kalinoski, Emil Baranko, Bill Helpingstine, David Frueh, Mike Platt and Rick Davidson. Thank you all for your service!

Until next week, think dry thoughts!

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


May 17, 2019 - Progress and Purpose

Our amazing and dedicated volunteers continue to work some long days and nights, planting seeds of hope for farmers in crisis throughout the region. Crew 1 started their week in New Salem, ND, seeding soybeans for a farmer who recently had open heart surgery. Thanks to some cooperative weather, they've now moved on to Hazelton, ND to assist a farmer currently receiving cancer treatments. Crew 2 spent most of their week planting wheat near Cleveland, ND for a farmer undergoing kidney transplant surgery. It's a truly amazing story, as his wife is serving as the kidney donor. After wrapping up with wheat, Crew 2 traveled to Litchville, ND to plant 800 acres of soybeans for a producer who recently suffered a stroke. Both crews have been working day and night to cover as much ground as possible. 

As our air seeders roll in the field, our semi trucks continue to rack-up roadway miles in support of Operation Hay Lift. Volunteer drivers have delivered more loads of donated hay to flood-stricken ranchers in Nebraska this week, with several more loads planned in the weeks ahead. If you're a Farm Rescue volunteer with a CDL, let us know if you're available to help carry out this mission!

We are truly beaming with pride for the many Farm Rescuers supporting our assistance efforts. In addition to our generous sponsors and donors, a great big THANK YOU goes out to the volunteers who selflessly give of themselves to serve others in need. This week's talented crews consisted of Tom Meyer, Ron Donohue, Ken Enstrom, Larry Begyn, Jeff Preston, Jerry Burau, Mike Wilson, Mike Youngblood and David Frueh. None of this would be possible without you!

Until next week, 

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


May 10, 2019 - Planting Operations Soar

It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks at Farm Rescue, as our volunteers have truly hit the ground running! Our two new John Deere 9620R four-wheel drive tractors (made possible through the generosity of MANY individuals, families and businesses) are already being put to good use. Crew 1 started the season in Beulah, ND planting oats for a farmer currently receiving cancer treatments. From there, they traveled to Arnegard, ND to seed wheat and barley for a farmer recovering from torn ligaments in his arm. They wrapped up the week near Alkabo, ND planting peas for another farmer battling cancer. Crew 2 planted their first seeds of spring near Glenburn, ND for a farmer who suffered severe burns in an explosion on his farm. The proximity to Minot Air Force Base also made for a lot of traffic overhead throughout the week, as they planted many acres of wheat for the family. Both crews are currently en route to their next locations, which you can read more about in next week's update!

In the midst of our usual planting efforts, Operation Hay Lift volunteers continue to haul much-needed cattle feed and supplies to ranchers affected by flooding in Nebraska and the surrounding region. So far, the campaign has helped to coordinate and deliver more than 100 loads (and counting!) of feed and supplies.

As always, none of these efforts would be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors, donors and volunteers. Many of our Angels in Blue have been hard at work carrying out our mission, including Mike Melaas, John and Carol Andrews, Tom Meyer, Mark Baumgarten, Clay Robertson, Mark Burton, Jerry Burau, Mike Wilson, Jeff Preston, Steve Satterthwaite and David Frueh. Thank you to all of our wonderful Farm Rescuers!

Until next time,

Dan Erdmann, Marketing Communications Officer


April 26, 2019 - Time to Get Planting!

We are on the road! While two seasons merge, with "Operation Hay Lift - Nebraska" trucks still putting on miles, delivering much needed feed and supplies, AS1 (Air Seeder 1) is equipped and the crew is getting the equipment on the road after last minute setup. A big thank you to business sponsors RedE, Needham Ag Technologies, and No Till Drill for assisting with providing and installing parts for our air-seeders before we hit the dirt! Our first stop with AS1 is near Beulah, ND assisting a farmer dealing with surgery recovery and cancer treatments.

A great big thank you to all the sponsors, donors and volunteers that make this all happen. Volunteers hauling supplies in Nebraska and doing setup this week were: Jeff Slade, Mike Platt, Carol Wielenga, Kieth Worthley, John Pruessner, Bill Yankee, Andy Jewett, Tim Thompson, Todd Thompson, Clarence Kuss, Mike Blair and Mike Melaas. We could not do it without each of you, the Farm Rescuers!

Until next time ~

Carol Wielenga, Program Director


April 19, 2019 - Operation Hay Lift 2.0

Operation Hay Lift in Nebraska is still in full gear as we get set up for spring planting operations. So far, we’ve delivered loads to over 60 producers in Nebraska and Southern South Dakota to provide relief in the midst of the flood devastation. Thank you to the many who have donated to this cause: monetarily, through hay, fencing or truck donations, or in volunteering their time and energy. The generous outpouring of these resources has been amazing to see. 

As we move into spring, one of the tractors arrived on site at the dealership and we will have it in motion soon as we eagerly await the second. Spring planting will start in western North Dakota near Beulah and Minot. As planting volunteers head onto the scene and logistics come together, we look forward with anticipation of helping as many farmers in crisis as possible through this hand up - safely, efficiently, together. Thank you for your thoughts.

Blessings ~

Carol Wielenga, Program Director

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