Ranchers Relief Fund Reminds Producers Applications are Open

Pierre, SD – During this Thanksgiving season, the Rancher Relief Fund administrators remind livestock producers that applications are still being accepted for financial assistance.

Bob Fortune, SD Stockgrowers President said, “Thanks to many, many donations large and small from within South Dakota and from all across the country, the Rancher Relief Fund has nearly two million to distribute to those impacted by the devastating October blizzard. As we take time to give thanks this week, we’re thankful for those who have donated to the Rancher’s Relief Fund.”

If you are a livestock producer or know a livestock producer who was affected by the October blizzard, please visit www.ranchersrelief.org to complete the one page application or nomination form. The application and nomination deadline is December 31, 2013.

“Our goal is to provide financial assistance as quickly as possible to livestock producers who were impacted by the storm. Eligible applicants will have a lot of flexibility to determine how best to put money they receive from the Rancher Relief Fund to work in rebuilding their livestock operations,” said Cory Eich, SD Cattlemen’s Association President.

Funds will be distributed by the SD Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (SDVOARD) based on criteria established by the founding livestock organizations. A second funding round may be made available to applicants who have signed up before the deadline, depending on continued contributions to the Rancher Relief Fund and the number of qualified applications received.

Tax deductible donations can be made online by going to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation’s website at www.giveblackhills.org. For answers to frequently asked questions or for more information on the Rancher Relief Fund, please visit www.ranchersrelief.org.