Planting help available for farmers facing unexpected crisis

The Darrell Goodman farm family near Rhodes was grateful a Farm Rescue team helped with harvest last September.

Goodman had broken several ribs in a fall, and called on Farm Rescue for help.

He qualified – and they harvested approximately 65 acres.

It was Farm Rescue’s first effort in Iowa.

Now the organization is looking for its first planting project in the Hawkeye state.

“We’ve received several applications for planting assistance from Iowans, but we won’t know if they will be approved until our board of directors acts upon their applications,” said Rita Jarret, office and outreach coordinator.

Farm Rescue is a one-of-a-kind, not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 by Bill Gross of Cleveland, N.D.

Headquartered in Jamestown, N.D., the organization uses volunteers from across the United States and RDO Equipment Co. machines to provide free planting and harvesting to farm families during an unexpected crisis.

Several nationally known companies are sponsors.

The organization has planted and harvested crops free-of-charge for nearly 200 farm families in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota since 2006.

“It is important to get the word out about our work so farm families can take advantage of our service,” Gross said. “We have the capacity to help farmers experiencing an unexpected crisis. However, we urge folks to submit their applications as soon as possible. It is not a hand-out – we don’t give money – it is just help.”

Farm Rescue will plant or harvest up to a 1,000 acre farm per farm family.

Families are responsible for providing crop inputs (seed, fertilizer and fuel). Applicants must be actively engaged in farming; have a viable farming operation; and at least three years of experience operating their own farm.

Contact 701-252-2017 or for more information.