Bravo for Farm Rescue

Even if one lives completely removed from the news or from talk among friends and neighbors, it would be difficult to not notice the current drought conditions. Dying lawns, scorched grass and dirt so dry it has no moisture to yield is pretty hard to notice.

Lawns, of course, aren’t the primary victim of the ongoing drought challenge. Consider the impact on future weather and anticipation of how the drought could affect winter 2017-2018. (Minot Daily News’ Kim Fundingsland is doing a good job explaining just this.) Consider the effect on late summer/early fall hunting seasons. Consider the impact on future water management.

Still, of course, and even given the caveat of crop insurance, it is farmers and ranchers who bear the brunt of this historic drought.

That’s why Farm Rescue warrrants a hearty thanks for whatever degree the estimable organization can help alleviate the struggling. The nonprofit organization that provides planting, harvesting or haying assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, is currently transporting hay free of charge to producers affected by severe drought.

The nonprofit organization has already transported loads of bales to several ranchers affected by drought, but more donated or discounted hay is needed to accommodate the shortage.

Need is certainly greater than current capacity to provide relief in the region. That’s why every action taken to assist those in need of it is most welcome.

Thanks for Farm Rescue for their efforts!