Truckers are hauling about 170 bales of North Dakota hay to ranchers in need in Nebraska through the efforts of Farm Rescue, according to Carol Wielenga, program director for Farm Rescue.

Five trucks hauling the hay left from the Walmart parking lot in Jamestown Sunday afternoon. Wielenga said the convoy was headed for the Omaha, Neb., area.

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The hay was donated by farmers and ranchers around North Dakota, cash donations from the public covered some of the cost of transportation, and truckers were donating time and equipment, Wielenga said.

"Farm Rescue has always had the mission of helping farmers through illness or natural disasters," she said. "This is delivering the first load of hope for farmers down there."

Flooding in the Nebraska area destroyed some stored hay and has damaged pastures. The hay hauled from North Dakota is intended to keep livestock in Nebraska fed until the pastures can recover enough for grazing.