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Published December 16, 2009, 07:38 AM

Farm Rescue receives donation

The non-profit organization Farm Rescue has received $5,000 from CoBank, a Denver-based financial services institution serving agricultural co-ops and other businesses in North Dakota and across the United States. CoBank made the contribution on behalf of Everett Dobrinski, the operator of a cereal-grain and oilseed farm in Makoti, N.D., and the chairman of the bank’s board.

The non-profit organization Farm Rescue has received $5,000 from CoBank, a Denver-based financial services institution serving agricultural co-ops and other businesses in North Dakota and across the United States. CoBank made the contribution on behalf of Everett Dobrinski, the operator of a cereal-grain and oilseed farm in Makoti, N.D., and the chairman of the bank’s board.

The money will help Farm Rescue provide assistance to farm families who have experienced major illness, injury or natural disaster. The organization’s mission is to help farmers bridge crises by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop, free of charge. Farm Rescue’s service territory includes North Dakota, South Dakota, eastern Montana and western Minnesota.

“We’re enormously grateful for CoBank’s contribution,” said Pam Musland, Farm Rescue director of operations. “It is always unexpected when a farmer is hit with an illness, a debilitating injury or a natural disaster, and the support we are able to provide through Farm Rescue makes a dramatic difference for all the families we assist. The need today is compounded by the current challenging economic conditions, which makes the need for assistance more important than ever.”

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to support Farm Rescue and its important mission,” Dobrinski said. “Farm Rescue provides struggling farm families with a crucial lifeline of support, giving them the resources they need to survive crisis which might otherwise destroy their livelihood. We’re proud that CoBank can contribute to an organization that does so much to maintain the vitality of farm families and the viability of our nation’s agricultural system.”

Farm Rescue receives the gift as part of CoBank’s corporate giving program, which allows employees and board members to direct bank donations to their choice of non-profit organizations and programs. Through the program, CoBank donated more than $1 million last year to benefit local communities where its employees and directors live and work. CoBank has a regional office in Fargo. CoBank is a $60 billion cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. In addition to serving its direct borrowers, the bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations and other partners across the country.

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