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2024 Weekly Highlights

May 16, 2024 - Let the sun shine in

The Farm Rescue volunteers were sowing seeds when the sun shined this week. Rain still delayed them here and there but when the going was good our dedicated workforce was ready.

A Center, North Dakota, family needed some wheat and oats planted when the farmer suffered a broken leg while feeding cows. The farmer should be back on both feet eventually but having the planting covered gave the family the time they needed to tend their cowherd.

Two medical emergencies in consecutive months took a toll on an Alamo, North Dakota, farm family causing them to get behind on field work and their custom grain cleaning business to lose customers. Farm Rescue was happy to put boots on the ground so the family could concentrate on healing and celebrating their 2024 high school graduate.

A brain aneurysm has kept a Fairmount, North Dakota, farmer from tending his fields of corn and soybeans. Our volunteers stepped up to make sure seeds were sown for him and his family in the future.

Roscoe, South Dakota, is home to a farmer who suddenly lost his father this spring. Coupled with major health issues he’s faced in the recent past, he needed a hand up from Farm Rescue get this year’s corn and soybean crop ready.

Farm Rescue and its volunteers would like to sincerely thank AgCountry Farm Credit Services of Wahpeton, North Dakota, for bringing lunch out for our crew working in the Fairmount area. Our volunteers are not paid for their time, so it was a wonderful acknowledgement of how much they are appreciated by the surrounding community.

This week’s angels in blue were Mike Wilson, Ken Sevigny, Larry Begyn, David Endorf, Kieth Worthley, Mike Poppel, Kenneth Chyle, Mark Baumgarten, Ken Enstrom, John Radke, Jeff Preston, Steve Satterthwaite, Mark Madler, Mark Gilson, Mark Burton, Tom Knoll, Chester, Arnold, Tom & Debbie Richards, Mike Youngblood, Wade Peterson, Ron Donohue, Terry Wilhoit, and Andy Wittenburg.

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."—Herman Melville

Respectfully,

Jennifer Theurer
Field Operations Support Assistant

 


May 9, 2024 - I love a rainy night, but ...

Farm Rescue crews had a good start to the week but rain has chased them out of the fields for the last couple of days.

One crew took on a case near Alamo, North Dakota, to plant peas, canola, and spring wheat for a farmer who's been fighting a vicious infection since having an appendectomy in March. Doctors have told him no cattle work, no tractor driving, and no climbing on the grain mill. That pretty much takes him out of commission and our volunteers have been happy to mind the gap for him and his family.

A farmer near Glen Ullin, North Dakota, had open heart surgery in February and his spring wheat still needs to be planted. Once the soil dries out, Farm Rescue looks forward to getting his crop in the ground and his family on firmer ground too.

Spring wheat and chick peas are the order of the day in Makoti, North Dakota, for a farmer with lingering gall bladder issues that have kept him out of his fields. Health issues and some additional personal tragedies will be less of a burden with a hand up from our volunteers.

We have one hay hauling case for the great state of Wisconsin for a farmer hit by on going drought. Feeding hay year round has greatly depleted their hay reserves and bills still need to be paid. Donated hay and a volunteer driver will help making ends meet.

Volunteers willing to weather the storms this week as rain fell across most of North Dakota were Tom Meyer, Kelly Valtr, Hervey Madden, Gary Kline, Tom Richards, Debbie Richards, Greg Kalinoski, Mark Burton, Mark Baumgarten, Tom Knoll, Dennis Morgan, Steve Satterthwaite, Mark Madler, Kenneth Chyle, John Andrews, John Radke, Mark Gilson, Jeff Preston, and Wade Peterson. We give all them a hearty thanks for their resilience and patience!

Respectfully,

Jennifer Theurer
Field Operations Support Assistant


May 2, 2024 - And the rains came down

Through our Field Ops Manager, Ben Smith’s hard work there have been 8 new hay lift cases added to the list this week. Kevin Towe and Dean Isaacs have been delivering hay as fast as the law allows to farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires in western Oklahoma.

Our spring planting window has rain drops all over it thanks to Mother Nature turning on the spigot over the Dakotas. Farm Rescue had teams on deck waiting for the ground to dry out but then another rain cloud appeared overhead and dumped just the right amount of rain to delay things for another day or two.

One air seeder crew was hoping to plant wheat in Halliday, North Dakota, for a farmer who suffered a broken pelvis and hip when he was thrown from his 4-wheeler while chasing cattle.

A Glen Ullin, North Dakota, farmer had open heart surgery in February to repair an aortic aneurysm and replace a faulty valve. Farm Rescue had a team armed with an air seeder ready to plant his spring wheat crop.

Farm Rescue is set to tackle planting chickpeas for the first time ever this spring for a Makoti, North Dakota, farmer who’s been dealing with some devastating events in his community on top of facing serious health issues of his own.

As I’ve talked about the rain delays you may think our crews are just hanging out at their hotel, but you would be wrong. As with all agricultural enterprises there is always something to do even when the ground is too wet to farm and our crews have been taking care of some much-needed maintenance on seeders and other equipment while they wait.

The following volunteers have faced Mother Nature’s fickle attitude this week with bottomless patience and we can’t thank them enough for that. Those who have weathered the storms include Tom Meyer, Hervey Madden, Kelly Valtr, Greg Kalinoski, Mark Gilson, Gary Kline, Jeff Preston, Dennis Morgan, Steve Satterthwaite, and Kenneth Chyle. Dennis is new to volunteering for Farm Rescue and we hope he can participate in drier conditions next time!

“Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a 6-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.” —Paul Harvey

Respectfully,

Jennifer Theurer
Field Operations Support Assistant


April 25, 2024 - Operation Hay Lift and planting begins

Farm Rescue started out 2024 answering the call to help farmers and ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska after wildfire swept through those areas destroying hay supplies, equipment, and several thousand head of cattle. Our Operation Hay Lift volunteers stepped up and drove semis hooked to drop deck trailers from Fargo, North Dakota, down to North Platte, Nebraska, Shattuck, Oklahoma, Canadian, Texas, and several places in between. They shared the story of Farm Rescue’s purpose in many diners and coffee shops as they traveled, too.

Driving hundreds of miles across the scorched Plains, our volunteers got an up-close and personal view of what the fire left behind — the tremendous grit and resilience of farmers and ranchers who are at the mercy of Mother Nature on a daily basis. Farm Rescue trucks started their deliveries the last week of March and worked through the last full week of April.

We are so grateful to volunteers David Endorf, Garry Deckert, Kenny Crites, Garry Roberts, David Hunter, Mark Gilson, Ross Nelson, Rick & Cindy London, Tom Richards, Will Rudolphi, Kevin Smitherman, Kevin Towe and Dean Isaacs for their dedication in helping farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and the southern Great Plains.

Farm Rescue staff was still coordinating hay deliveries as planting season kicked into gear in the north country. Snow and rain caused some delays but crews were in place when the ground was ready to be sown.

Our air seeder crews have been planting wheat for a Stanley, North Dakota, family whose son is facing a devastating and rare cancer prognosis. Our volunteers were more than happy to take care of getting the family’s crop in the ground so they could spend time with their son and still have a source of income.

Another crew is planting wheat around Baldwin, North Dakota, for a farmer who needs to concentrate on his heart valve treatment at Mayo Clinic. Getting his crop in the ground will go a long way to easing his mind about the future.

A third crew is working in the New Salem, North Dakota, area planting more wheat for a family trying to overcome a cancer diagnosis and the prescribed surgery to begin the treatment process. This team will stay in the New Salem area to help yet another farmer who is facing back surgery that is being delayed by other health concerns.

Once these cases are completed, Farm Rescue volunteers will have planted just under 3,000 acres of wheat and a few hundred acres of barley for farmers in need of a hand up.

Those volunteers helping us in the early planting season include Emil Baranko, Kenneth Chyle, Matt Blaylock, Chris Davison, Chris Batdorf, Bryan Perry, Rich Thuesen, Sid Bardwell, Mike Wilson, Albert Lautenschlager, Mike Melaas, John Andrews, Glenn Biederman, Mike Youngblood, Paul Zierke, Tom Meyer, Hervey Madden, and Kelly Valtr.

You may notice a different name at the bottom of the highlights this week. I'm Jennifer Theurer and I started in February as Field Operations Support Assistant. I'm a retired farm kid who wanted to continue to support agriculture in any way I could. Dan Erdmann has entrusted the weekly highlights to me and I look forward to keeping you all updated on Farm Rescue's latest works.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time they just have the heart.” —Elizabeth Andrew

Respectfully,

Jennifer Theurer
Field Operations Support Assistant

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