Our thoughts and prayers go out to the many South Dakota ranch families who suffered devastating livestock losses in the early-October blizzard.  Farm Bureau is encouraging people to consider making a donation to this new fund:

The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund was established on Oct. 8 by the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, and the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association.  The Fund is held at the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in agriculture impacted by the blizzard of Oct. 4-7, 2013. 

The fund will be administered by these three Associations for the direct benefit of the livestock producers impacted by this devastating blizzard.

Read a Rapid City Journal article here detailing the devastating from the blizzard.  Tens of thousands of head of livestock have been lost, which will be devastating to Western South Dakota ranch families.

To Make a Donation:

To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund, visit www.giveblackhills.org and search “Rancher Relief Fund” or click directly on this link.  Donors can also mail checks to Black Hills Community Area Foundation at PO Box 231 in Rapid City, SD 57709.  Make checks payable to "Rancher Relief Fund."