Q: How long does it take to fill out an application?
A: The two-page application usually only takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.
Q: Who will have access to my information?
A: Your information will remain confidential. The only people who will see your application during the review process are the Farm Rescue Board of Directors and authorized employees.
Q: Why do I need to send in a Farm Data Report?
A: The Farm Data Report is used to verify that you own or rent the farmland.
Q: I don’t want to be a burden. What if someone else needs the help more than I do?
A: Be assured that Farm Rescue wants to help you. We have a wait list of volunteers who look forward to assisting a farmer in need. Our Board of Directors will review your case and make a determination whether we can provide assistance based on a variety of factors. (Location, weather, volunteer staffing levels, schedule, type of crop and other circumstances related to each individual case.)
Q: How many people will help me?
A: This depends if it is planting, harvesting or haying. However, usually a team consists of three to six people.
Q: When do I know if my case has been approved?
A: We make every effort to review your case with 24-48 hours of receiving your application for assistance at our office. Some cases may require an onsite visit by our staff or Board of Directors prior to making a final determination.
Q: What equipment do you use?
A: We use state-of-the-art equipment, sponsored by John Deere and several local John Deere dealerships. Farm Rescue also has several purchased pieces of equipment, made possible through grant funding and business/individual contributions. Our livestock feeding equipment is sponsored by Haybuster. This equipment utilizes the latest technology and is operated by experienced volunteers. Equipment normally consists of four-wheel drive tractors, 60’ no-till air seeders, 60’ corn / soybean planters, combines 40’/45’ flex, 12-row 30’ corn headers and John Deere round baler. Chevrolet trucks sponsored by Puklich Chevrolet, Ryan Chevrolet and Certified Heartland Chevy Dealers are used for transportation. If necessary, we may also utilize a farmer’s equipment.
Q: What kinds of crops do you plant and harvest?
A: We plant small grains in 7.5” spacing and row crops in 15” or 30” spacing.