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Dakotas Stepping Up to Help Wildfire Victims Rebuild
Kansas Ag Connection - 03/20/2017

Tragedy can hit at any time. It can take your life's work, your future and your dreams. The wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas brought heartache to the agriculture community.

A partnership between South Dakota state government and the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association has reduced the cost for producers traveling through the state, hauling donated hay to agricultural areas ravaged by recent wildfires.

The Cattlemen's Association will contribute up to $1,000 to pay for the oversized load permit that a hauler needs while traveling through South Dakota. The offer covers donated hay only.

There have been requests for donations of hay in recent days due to fires that have impacted producers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

"We appreciate the support of the Cattlemen's Association in helping get needed hay to those in need," says Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "We have received requests from agricultural producers in the region asking for help with this fee and now we can provide it."

Jodie Anderson, executive director of the Cattlemen's Association, says this is a way to help fellow producers in other states. "When our farmers and ranchers have been impacted by a disaster, we have been able to count on the assistance of others," she says. "This is a way we can give back."

Haulers wanting to take advantage of the offer, should call the Cattlemen's Association at 605-945-2333.

For more information about other fees required to transport hay through the state, contact the South Dakota Highway Patrol at 605-773-4578.

"Near or far, farmers and ranchers are family and NDFB stands strong in helping those who have lost what they have worked for their entire lives," said North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies. "Through the NDFB Foundation the 'Dakota Cattle Drive 2017' is being set up to help raise money for farmers and ranchers who have been met with devastation."

The NDFB Foundation is accepting heifer donations, through the help of sale barns across the state, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to help producers impacted by the wildfires.

Heifer donations can be accepted during the allotted date at the following sale barns:

- Rugby Livestock Auction, Rugby -- April 3

- Lake Region Livestock, Devils Lake -- April 4

- Kist Livestock Auction, Mandan -- April 5

- Napoleon Livestock, Napoleon -- April 6

- Stockmen's Livestock Exchange, Dickinson -- April 13

Monetary donations made to the NDFB Foundation between now and April 20, 2017 will go directly to the "Dakota Cattle Drive 2017" relief fund.

"Help bring the cattle home and provide an opportunity to rebuild what has been lost," said Lies.

For more information on how you can be a part of the "Dakota Cattle Drive 2017" visit or call 701-224-0330.

The NDFB Foundation was established by the North Dakota Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 2002. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

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