North Dakota farmers in need of relief

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DENVER — The National Cattlemen’s Foundation, in cooperation with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is launching a disaster relief effort to assist farm and ranch families impacted by catastrophic flooding and blizzards in North Dakota.

Flooding devastation

Family farm and ranch operations across the state have been devastated by flooding caused by spring blizzards and near-record snowfall. Many families have been completely displaced from their homes. Some remain without power, potable water, and other utilities.

Losses continue

Livestock losses are estimated to be nearing 100,000 head. Spring planting has already been delayed, which could lead to a shorter growing season, decreased yields and disease. 

Fencing materials needed

Downed fences and other property damage have also added to the battle with Mother Nature, as hundreds of farmers and ranchers struggle to make repairs while keeping their operations functional.

One of the biggest needs for farmers and ranchers in North Dakota right now is fencing materials.
Disaster relief funds can be utilized to assist producers in securing posts, wire and clips and rebuilding their infrastructure according to the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

Donations needed

Every dollar contributed will directly assist families struggling to keep their farms and ranches operating under these difficult conditions.

Contributions by check can be made payable to National Cattlemen’s Foundation, with “disaster relief” included on the memo line. Donation checks should be mailed to: National Cattlemen’s Foundation, 9110 East Nichols Ave., Suite 300, Centennial, CO 80112.

Or you can log on to the foundation’s Web site at www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org then selecting “Contribute Now.”

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