LINTON, ND - The Farm Rescue nonprofit organization reached an historic landmark on Thursday in south central North Dakota.
The volunteer group helped its 500th farm family as it delivered donated hay as part of it "Operation Hay Lift" to the Doug Bichler ranch near Linton.
Bichler lost his arm in a baler accident earlier this summer and is among the hundreds of producers impacted by this year's extreme drought.
In prepared remarks, Farm Rescue founder and president, Bill Gross, said, "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 Blessing to 500 families."
Gross began the organization in 2005 and it assisted its first farm family in 2006. The group provides free labor for planting, harvesting and haying to farmers and ranchers who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster. (AM600 KSJB has been a sponsor of Farm Rescue since its inception.) -ed.
Organizers say the nonprofit is on pace to deliver hay to more than 100 ranchers in need before the end of the year. They plan to continue Operation Hay Lift as long as necessary as long as resources are available. They're currently in need of additional CDL volunteers to deliver the hay. Volunteer applications and information on contributing to the cause can find at www.farmrescue.org