BISMARCK — A unique farm aid organization started in North Dakota six years ago by an airplane pilot has grown steadily from its humble beginnings with less than a handful of volunteers and very little money and is now expanding into its fifth state.
Blake Nicholson, Associated Press
, July 26, 2012
More farmers in the Upper Midwest will be assisted in a time of need by Farm Rescue through to a $130,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The two-year commitment includes a matching fund component for general operations of the non-profit organization, which plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers that have suffered a major injury, illness or natural disaster.
Planting season loomed ominously for Bruce Emery this year.
He was nursing a badly injured knee and mourning his wife and reliable farm sidekick of 20 years, Tamara. For the first time in 36 years of running his family farm, he knew he wouldn’t get by on his own.
He didn’t have to.
By Mila Koumpilova , Forum Communications Co.
, May 13, 2010
In just four years Farm Rescue has assisted 100 farm families. It’s a fact even the founder of the organization finds a little hard to believe.
“I knew it would happen,” said Bill Gross, founder and president of the organization. “I just didn’t think it would come this quickly. If we didn’t have the volunteers and the sponsors it wouldn’t happen at all.”
It was those sponsors and volunteers that Dustin and Lucinda Lien of Ypsilanti were most thankful for.
KFGO talk show Host Joel Heitkamp will host a live broadcast featuring Farm Rescue and the organization’s work to help farmers who are unable to plant or harvest due to illness, injury or natural disaster.
The story “Friends help Pingree farmer” on page A1 in Friday’s Sun incorrectly reported Farm Rescue’s involvement with helping an area farmer. The organization will harvest about 200 acres of soybeans at the farm of Jim Odenbach in Pingree, N.D.
Lifelong farmer Pete Seefeldt was diagnosed with a tumor on his kidney on April 1.
“I was scared more than anything about the cancer,” Seefeldt said.
Next came the worry that he might not be able to seed his fields for the first time in his life.
“I was worried about getting the crop in and getting work done,” Seefeldt said.
Farm Rescue will be featured in “Purpose Driven Connection” magazine on April 28. This magazine is an offshoot of the best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren. It presents stories about life-changing events, hope and finding purpose in life. Farm Rescue will be featured for the assistance it provided to a farm family after a tornado destroyed their farm. Farm Rescue President and Founder Bill Gross is also receiving recognition from DIRECTV’s “Hometown Heroes.” The program features DIRECTV customers whose acts of courage, kindness and bravery have made a profound impact on the lives of others.
A windfall of national exposure has given a financial boost to a volunteer organization that helps needy Upper Midwest farmers sow and harvest their crops. But Farm Rescue is facing the reality of the nation’s economic woes.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, March 02, 2009
Farm families in need of crop planting assistance this spring should apply now for help through Farm Rescue.
The nonprofit organization is currently accepting planting requests from farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, western Minnesota and eastern Montana. Farm Rescue provides planting and harvesting assistance to farm families that have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster.
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