HORACE, ND (Jennifer Stettes) — The Farm Rescue Foundation, along with more than 20 FFA chapters and 14 sponsors, have partnered together to help farm and ranch families in crisis with the first annual Farm Rescue Foundation Grain Bin Raffle fundraiser. Fundraiser supporters who purchase raffle tickets now through July 11, 2018 are entered in a drawing to win a 5,000-bushel hopper bin.
“It [Farm Rescue] is something I never thought I’d need,” explained Jamestown, N.D. Farmer, Russell Carlson. “It’s unbelievable and hard to explain how good it feels just to get out there and feel useful again.” After experiencing a tragic, paralyzing accident, Farm Rescue was not only able to help Carlson make it through the season by harvesting his wheat crop, but The Farm Rescue Foundation enabled Carlson to continue farming by providing a tractor lift, as well. “You can’t ask for nicer people, and I can’t say enough about the sponsors. Without their sponsorship, this would not happen.”
Those interested in purchasing entry tickets for the grain bin drawing can visit www.WinTheBin.com, call 701-252-2016 (ext. 1), check with participating FFA students or visit business locations of the following participating sponsors in Rugby, N.D.: Envision Cooperative, Bremer Bank, Gooseneck Implement, Farm Credit Services of North Dakota, North Star Community Credit Union, Heart of America Ag Services, Rugby Livestock Auction, North Central Ag, First International Bank & Trust, McGuire’s, Merchants Bank and Schill Construction (Langdon, ND). A winner will be drawn at 1 p.m. July 11, 2018 at Envision (2819 Hwy 2, Rugby, ND). Winner need not be present to win. Food and refreshments from noon to 2 p.m. will be provided by Ideal Seed. All proceeds benefit farmers and ranchers in crisis.
The fundamental American ideal of honest hard work that epitomizes farming and ranching still exists today. As Farm Rescue Foundation Grain Bin Raffle sponsors explain, agriculture drives communities and is the backbone of our economy. When farming and ranching are threatened, people come together to form a powerful force against unexpected illness, natural disaster and major injury in a world where “paid time off” and “sick leave” don’t exist.
The Farm Rescue Foundation measures success by the number of families assisted and the rural communities strengthened because independent farm families are able to continue their livelihood. The historic American farm practice of “barn-raising,” in which people selflessly and wholeheartedly lend a helping hand in times of unexpected crisis, rings true to Farm Rescue Foundation supporters and Farm Rescue Founder, Bill Gross.
“I think that saying is true – that we rise ourselves when we lift others, and that’s the true essence of our organization,” said Gross. “Through generous sponsors, donors and volunteers of Farm Rescue and The Farm Rescue Foundation, we are helping farmers not only make it through the season, but also help them continue to farm for seasons to come. There’s no better gift or legacy to leave than to help others and support our American heritage of independent farm families. We have faith the Farm Rescue Foundation Grain Bin Raffle will be a hit and this event will continue for many years down the road helping future farmers in need.”