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Published November 05, 2009, 07:44 AM

Farm Rescue reaches milestone

YPSILANTI, N.D. (AP) — A volunteer organization that helps needy Upper Midwest farmers sow and harvest their crops has reached a milestone.

YPSILANTI, N.D. (AP) — A volunteer organization that helps needy Upper Midwest farmers sow and harvest their crops has reached a milestone.

Farm Rescue is helping its 100th farm family. Spokeswoman Pam Musland says a soybean farmer south of Jamestown needs harvesting help because he broke his pelvis and injured a knee when he was pinned between the wheel of his tractor and a pickup truck.

Bill Gross, a North Dakota farm boy who now lives in Seattle, started Farm Rescue in 2006, using his own money and vacation time from his job with UPS. The operation has since expanded into South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, using donations and volunteers to help farmers in need.

Farm Rescue sets up camp on the farms of injured, ill or disaster-stricken farmers, doing their field work rather than handing out money.

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