One thing I love about the farming community is that we stretch our community boundaries, and are always willing and wanting to help out a neighbor. Several years ago we partnered with many other neighbors to help out some neighbors (they live 5 miles away) harvest their husband/father's fields after he unexpectedly passed away. We were there for Therron's family not expecting anything in return. We were there because it is what a neighbor does. We help each other out. We are a friendly face giving the farmer wave driving down the road. We care for the well being of our entire community.
|The harvest crew for the Therron Miller family, October 2011|
Last Friday, Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation to allow the transportation of oversize and overweight loads of forage on Iowa's roads for the next two months. This is allowing people to drive large bales of hay and other forages to the ranchers in need.
Another way Iowa's farmers are lending a hand is by an online auction happening on Friday, April 7th at 10 a.m. to raise funds for victims of the recent wildfires. This is being hosted by the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation, Iowa Cattlemen's Association and Dream Dirt. You can learn more about the auction by checking out my friend, and neighbor, Cristen of Food & Swine's recent post.
You can also find a list of other aid efforts on AgWeb.
Do you know of any other ways to help our neighbors affected by the wildfires? Be sure to share in the comment section below and always remember to Comment for a Cause!