Farm Rescue helps 700th farm family

The farm of Joel Newman, near Sawyer, N.D., was the 700th service event for Farm Rescue.

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HORACE, N.D. — Farm Rescue has completed its 700th assistance case.

Farm Rescue is a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster.

The farm of Joel Newman, near Sawyer, N.D., was the 700th service event for the group. Newman recently underwent liver and bile duct resection surgery, which requires a recovery period of around two months. The timing of the surgery and rehabilitation will interfere with the Newmans’ harvest operations, so Farm Rescue provided equipment and volunteers to assist with the family’s wheat crop.

Farm Rescue assisted its first family in 2006. The organization now serves seven states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and most recently, Kansas.

"The altruistic mission of Farm Rescue continues to have a positive impact throughout our farming and ranching communities," said Bill Gross, founder and president, Farm Rescue. "There is no better reward in life than to help those who have experienced unexpected crises. It has indeed been an honor to provide Rescue Blessings to 700 families."


Farm Rescue is currently accepting applications for harvest assistance throughout its entire seven-state service area. Any farm family experiencing a major injury, illness or natural disaster is encouraged to submit an application at or by calling 701-252-2017. Referrals are also welcome.

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