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courtesy of SD High Plains Fire Relief Facebook
Hauling Hay to help fire victims in the south
Farmers and Ranchers pay it back - helping those affected by fires in the south
Jerry Oster - March 15, 2017

UNDATED - Beresford area farmer Jed Olbertson has started a fire fund relief effort to help cattle producers impacted by wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

He says his effort has generated a lot of hay donations.

"Our initial plan was to get a load or two in the Beresford area and get it down there, and within about 12 hours, I knew it was going to get bigger than that," Olbertson said. "I've lost track of how much we have comitted right now. We are looking for trucks to haul the hay, but it's a good problem to have."

He says they also started a fund for cash donations at the Alcester State Bank. Olbertson says the initial purpose of that was to help the truckers hauling hay by reimbursing them for fuel.

"We initially set this up to help with freight costs. It costs about $500 in fuel to get a load down there."

Olbertseon says there are several ways people can make donations, either through South Dakota Farm Bureau , the State Bank of Alcester or go to the SD High Plains Fire Relief Facebook page. The link to the Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/SD-High-Plains-Fire-Relief-1929494597281848/

The wildfires in the four state area have already burned over a million acres and thousands of head of cattle have died.

Many of the producers affected by the fire also helped South Dakota producers who lost animals during the October blizzard of 2013.



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