STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT A tale of two farmers
I talked today with two farmers in the region who were hammered by the recent blizzard.
One is discouraged. His immediate area already had excess snow and faced delayed planting. Now, because all the... Posted on 4/18/13 at 2:02 PM
A 50-year-old South Dakota man who lost nearly one-third of his cattle to a surprise October storm fought back tears as he talked about livestock donations that he and other ranchers have received in recent weeks.
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration allowing 14 South Dakota counties and two American Indian reservations to get federal financial help to recover from the early October blizzard that closed roads, downed power lines and killed thousands of livestock, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Nov. 8.
Joe Carley has nearly finished burying the cattle he lost in a freak early fall blizzard that killed tens of thousands of cattle in western South Dakota. Now, he’s figuring out how to dig himself out of the financial hole left after about a quarter of his cows and maybe a third of his calves died in the storm.
The Wyoming FFA Association is collecting donations to help South Dakota ranchers whose cattle died in a blizzard earlier this month.
Local FFA chapters are dropping off collection cans at businesses throughout Wyoming.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday it would provide assistance to South Dakota livestock producers to clean up from an early winter blizzard two weeks ago that killed tens of thousands of cattle.
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