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Farm Bureau members raise funds for rancher relief

Farm Bureau members, county Farm Bureaus in Minnesota and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation came together during the recent foundation auction to raise more than $22,000 for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares fund.

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The auction was part of the MFB Annual Meeting held in Bloomington November 21-23. All proceeds from the auction were donated to assist ranch families impacted by the early October blizzard.

Farm Bureau is encouraging individuals and county Farm Bureaus to continue to give to support their fellow farmers and ranchers in western South Dakota.

“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.”

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 in early October.

Tens of thousands of head of livestock were lost in the storm. The ranch families are facing a difficult economic hardship as they decide how to regain footing and rebuild.

South Dakota Farm Bureau Cares is designed to help with immediate financial needs: cash for groceries, utility bills, or whatever is helpful to each family and household.

Donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to: Farmers and Merchants Bank/SD Farm Bureau Cares and sent to South Dakota Farm Bureau, PO Box 1426, Huron, SD 57350.

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