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Published July 07, 2010, 01:51 PM

Farm Rescue now accepting applications for harvest help

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ­– Farm families in need of crop harvesting assistance this fall should apply now for help through Farm Rescue.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. ­– Farm families in need of crop harvesting assistance this fall should apply now for help through Farm Rescue.

The nonprofit organization is currently accepting harvest 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.

It is important that farmers apply early to receive top consideration, said Pam Musland, director of operations. Families assisted are selected based on a number of factors, including extent of need, farm size, farm viability, and geographic location for moving equipment and volunteers in a timely manner.

Since 2006, Farm Rescue has assisted 121 farm families that experienced hardships ranging from open heart surgery and cancer treatment to severed limbs and injuries sustained from tending livestock.

“Our mission is to help farmers through an unexpected crisis in their lives,” Musland said. “Our work wouldn’t be possible without a terrific volunteer labor force, and the many individuals and businesses that support Farm Rescue.”

For an application or more information, go to farmrescue.org or call 701-252-2017.

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