Farm Rescue to expand assistance network
September 20, 2021 By Larry Lee Filed Under: 2021 Husker Harvest Days, Farm Stress, Farmer health, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, News, South Dakota
An organization that helps distressed farmers and their families will reach a milestone this fall.
Tim Sullivan with Farm Rescue tells Brownfield the need for help on the farm when weather, catastrophic events, and personal tragedies strike is real. “We will hit our 800th crisis caser in October. Even though that alone over seven states might not seem like a lot, we haven’t been in every state for sixteen years.”
Farm Rescue volunteers currently serve farmers dealing with a physical or mental crisis in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana, and Kansas. “We’re very passionate about what we do. It’s great to see volunteers for the first time go on a case and just become super passionate about the mission.”
Sullivan says thanks to volunteers and sponsors, Farm Rescue will be expanding soon. “We’re going to be coming into Illinois in 2023. We just came off the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois and the response we got when people found out we were coming was just tremendous.”
Sullivan says whether it’s helping a family get crops harvested after a death in the family or activities like the hay lift following the Spencer Dam break in Nebraska, the best comes out of people during the toughest times.
Sullivan spoke to Brownfield during Husker Harvest Days.
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