Helena – The Giving Back Foundation (GBF), a Montana-based non-profit entity dedicated to helping ranchers and farmers nationwide whose lives and finances have been adversely affected by natural disasters, has pledged $1,500 to help farmers and ranchers devastated by catastrophic flooding and blizzards in North Dakota. GBF will contribute to a fund set up by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF), in cooperation with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
Family farm and ranch operations across North Dakota have been devastated by flooding caused by spring blizzards and near-record snowfall. Many families have been completely displaced from their homes. Some remain without power, potable water, and other utilities.
Livestock losses are estimated to be nearing 100,000 head. Spring planting has already been delayed, which could lead to a shorter growing season, decreased yields and disease. Downed fences and other property damage have also added to the battle with Mother Nature, as hundreds of farmers and ranchers struggle to make repairs while keeping their operations functional.
The Giving Back Foundation is glad to help its neighbors in North Dakota as they work to keep their farms and ranches operating under these difficult conditions. For more information about GBF or how you can help, please visit www.ranchersandfarmers.org, or call the Montana Stockgrowers Association at (406) 442-3420.