The recent flooding in the Midwest devastated some farmers, but good Samaritans came to the rescue, and that included trucking interests.
Dozens of trucks delivered rolls of hay on Tuesday in Platte County, Nebraska, and that has continued an effort that has gone on for the past two weeks across the Midwest.
“We are trying to help farmers up here; there are so many who need it (hay) because of the flood,” Charles Earnest, a driver for S R Farms out of Wilsonville, Nebraska, told the Henry Herald newspaper. “All of this is donated – the trucking and hay, just from different people around the (McCook) area. We are just out here trying to help out.”
Non-profit organization Farm Rescue has helped organize the Nebraska efforts, which is facing farm and ranch losses of up to $1 billion.
“We have heard from some folks that nearly 50 to 100 percent of their hay has been ruined or taken with the raging waters,” spokeswoman Talia Goes, told the Associated Press. “Also, many folks will battle damaged hay and pasture fields from the water and the debris.”
The hay efforts had their start in 2017 when Beyer Towing, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, teamed up with Farm Rescue to move 14 tractor-trailers of hay following flooding in North Dakota that year. The effort has continued and this year included volunteers on social media looking for hay and trucks to fulfill needs.
Did you know?
Xtra Lease plans to purchase more than 10,000 trailers in 2019, investing more than $300 million as it grows its trailer fleet to more than 85,000 units.
“This is a milestone for Covenant Solutions. In 2016 David Parker and Joey Hogan made a strategic decision to invest in the business. Since then we’ve grown 65 percent to over $100 million last year, and we have a great vision for this year and for growth after that.”
– Paul Newbourne, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Covenant Transport Solutions, at the opening of the company’s new Chattanooga brokerage office.
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Hammer down everyone!