BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Midwest farm aid group that has grown even more than its founder dreamed possible is using the largest grant in its history to add staff and plan for the future.
Farm Rescue helps farmers in need in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana plant crops and harvest crops and hay. The nonprofit is getting nearly half a million dollars from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Farm Rescue founder Bill Gross says the three-year grant will be used to fund a development officer position, and to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the future.
Gross started Farm Rescue in North Dakota in 2006 with just a handful of volunteers. It has since helped more than 250 farm families in the five states.