John Deere joins Farm Rescue family of sponsors
HORACE – John Deere has joined the family of sponsors for Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster.
John Deere has contributed $50,000 to Farm Rescue’s general operating fund, plus an additional $50,000 toward the purchase of two John Deere 9620R four-wheel drive tractors, for a total of $100,000.
The partnership strengthens Farm Rescue’s longstanding use of John Deere equipment, which it has utilized in field operations since the nonprofit’s very first assistance case in 2006. Farm Rescue volunteers currently operate John Deere tractors, air seeders, balers and combines to bridge crises for farm and ranch families throughout the Midwest.
“We are honored to join our dealers in support of Farm Rescue’s mission to strengthen family farms and ranches,” said Nate Clark, associate director of Corporate Citizenship for John Deere. “We share Farm Rescue’s commitment to the prosperity of farmers and ranchers. Their success not only allows them to care for themselves and their families, but also enriches rural communities and ultimately helps sustain a growing world.”
“We are thankful to have the support of John Deere and its quality line of agriculture equipment,” said Bill Gross, founder and president, Farm Rescue. “These machines have served us well since day one and will continue to provide life-changing assistance to farm and ranch families in the midst of major crisis.”
Farm Rescue recently began raising funds to purchase two John Deere 9620R four-wheel drive tractors to power its planting assistance operations in 2019 and beyond. Farm Rescue staff and volunteers participateD in a “Gold Key Tour” of the John Deere Tractor Works factory in Wterloo, Iowa, which provided a first-hand look at the machines as they were completed.
Farm Rescue is still accepting donations for its tractor fundraiser, which allows donors to have their name displayed on a tractor with a minimum donation of $250. Visit farmrescue.org/donate to contribute to this campaign or any of Farm Rescue’s assistance operations.