Iowa Farm Bureau provides $10,000 gift to help farm families
The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation provided a $10,000 gift to Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that gives on-farm assistance to farm families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Farm Rescue’s services include planting, haying, harvest, grain hauling and livestock feeding assistance to farm families during times of extreme need, all at no cost. “To make it as a farmer today requires a strong work ethic, tenacity and the determination to overcome countless challenges, but some of life’s challenges can be too much to overcome alone,” Terry Johnston, Farm Rescue development officer, said in a prepared statement. “That’s why we’re so appreciative of Iowa Farm Bureau’s support, which will help connect us with a greater number of Iowa farm families that may need assistance with planting or harvesting or feeding their livestock if they are unable.” Farm Rescue’s volunteers, oftentimes farmers themselves, are trained to operate Farm Rescue’s farm equipment to help families remain farming and persevere through times of crisis. Founded in 2005 and now serving seven Midwestern states, Farm Rescue assisted its 1,000th farm family earlier this summer. Today, Farm Rescue is equipped to assist 80 to 100 farm families each year, and Iowa Farm Bureau’s donation will help Farm Rescue deploy more volunteers to farms in Iowa.