Farm Bureau members, county Farm Bureaus in Minnesota and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation came together during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Auction to raise over $22,000 for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares fund. The auction was part of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, November 21-23.
Farm Bureau is encouraging individuals and county Farm Bureaus to continue to give to support their fellow farmers and ranchers in western South Dakota. In addition, all proceeds from the auction were donated to assist ranch families impacted by the early October blizzard.
“This is what farmers and ranchers do. We help our neighbors in need,” said MFB President Kevin Paap. “This is about providing basic life necessities such as food on the table and paying their utility bill. We encourage individuals, organizations and businesses to consider donating to South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares.”
The South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares fund is helping ranchers impacted by the blizzard, Atlas, which devastated many families and their ranches in Western South Dakota at the beginning of October. Tens of thousands of head of livestock were lost in the storm. The ranch families are facing a very difficult economic hardship as they decide how to regain footing and rebuild.
South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares is designed to help ranch families impacted by the blizzard with immediate financial needs: cash for groceries, utility bills, or whatever they feel would be helpful to their family and household.
100 percent of the donation will go directly to ranch families impacted by the blizzard. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to: Farmers & Merchants Bank/S.D. Farm Bureau Cares and sent to South Dakota Farm Bureau, PO Box 1426, Huron, SD 57350.