Q: Who is eligible to apply for assistance?
A: Applicants must be actively engaged in farming, have a viable farming operation, and at least three years of experience operating their own farm.
Q: Can Farm Rescue provide free planting, harvesting or haying assistance when there has been a death in a family?
A: No. By law and according to the IRS guidelines of our nonprofit status, Farm Rescue cannot use donated funds to help someone who is no longer alive.
Q: Who makes the final determination on which farmers will receive assistance?
A: The Farm Rescue board of directors makes the final determination. All information from applicants is kept confidential and is used only to determine eligibility.
Q: Is there a limit to how often a farmer may receive assistance?
A: Assistance is limited to one planting, harvesting and haying operation every three years per family farm.
Q: Does Farm Rescue give money to farmers?
A: No. Farm Rescue does not give money to farmers! The organization merely provides the labor (volunteers) and farm equipment (supplied by RDO Equipment Company) to plant, harvest or hay up to a 1,000 acres per farm family. Families are responsible for providing crop inputs (seed, fertilizer and fuel).