Farm Rescue aid recipients now number 530-plus

Perhaps you have heard of Farm Rescue. Since 2005 you probably heard a news report or two, maybe more, about a farmer receiving help when they needed help the most.

The stories are usually about a producer who has been seriously hurt and can’t get his crop in in the spring or maybe can’t harvest it himself because of his injury. There have been other scenarios.

Well, those farm families now number more than 530. Think of it, 530-plus times a highly skilled volunteer work force with some of the best equipment available has turned up to save a crop – often a farm – when there was little other hope. Who would have imagined that?

Bill Gross.

Gross, a commercial pilot from a North Dakota farm family, often viewed the thousands of farmsteads on the ground below him as he flew for UPS Airlines and wondered what he could do to help out farm families who might be struggling.

He founded Farm Rescue and in the first year, five volunteers helped 10 farm families. Word about Farm Rescue spread, more support came in, and the organization grew to what it is today.

The Farm Rescue Foundation recently announced a fundraiser which, to Minot Daily News, demonstrates how solid the reputation of Farm Rescue is. The Farm Rescue Foundation, along with more than 20 FFA chapters and 14 sponsors, have partnered together to help farm and ranch families in crisis with the first annual Farm Rescue Foundation Grain Bin Raffle fundraiser.

Not many organizations have that kind of reach. We hope the fundraiser is a huge success. Here is how it works:

Fundraiser supporters who purchase raffle tickets now through July 11 are entered in a drawing to win a 5,000-bushel hopper bin. Those interested in purchasing entry tickets for the grain bin drawing can visit, or call 701-252-2016 (ext. 1).

A winner will be drawn at 1 p.m. July 11, 2018 at Envision (2819 Hwy 2, Rugby, ND). The winner need not be present to win. Food and refreshments from noon to 2 p.m. will be provided by Ideal Seed. All proceeds benefit farmers and ranchers in crisis.

We were struck by one of the testimonies included in Farm Rescue’s news release announcing the fundraiser:

” ‘It (Farm Rescue) is something I never thought I’d need,’ explained Jamestown, N.D. farmer, Russell Carlson. ‘It’s unbelievable and hard to explain how good it feels just to get out there and feel useful again.’ After experiencing a tragic, paralyzing accident, Farm Rescue was not only able to help Carlson make it through the season by harvesting his wheat crop, but the Farm Rescue Foundation enabled Carlson to continue farming by providing a tractor lift, as well.

” ‘You can’t ask for nicer people, and I can’t say enough about the sponsors. Without their sponsorship, this would not happen,’ Carlson said.”

As we enter another growing season, we wish all farmers and their help a safe and successful year. The same goes for Gross and the volunteers who have joined him in his worthy cause.