The Four County Farm Bureau is among those leading a local effort to provide supplies to victims of massive flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.
Caused by heavy rains and melting snow, the flooding has left three people dead and two missing in the two states, and caused more than $1.3 billion in damage. Some of the states’ residents are without electricity, gas, and fresh water.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, at least 30 trucks loaded with donated farm and ranch supplies left the Fulton County Fairgrounds for Kearney, Neb. The effort was led by the Four County Farm Bureau representing Fulton, Henry, Williams, and Defiance counties.
Roy Norman, Farm Bureau organization director, said an ad hoc committee for Northwest Ohio Farmers for Relief was formed only a week before. Within days, two trucks loaded with farm and livestock supplies was expanded to 30, with local farmers volunteering to drive for the 16-hour trip. Some plan to stay and help the flood victims. All will receive travel snack bags courtesy of the Fulton County OSU Extension.
The donations for flood victims have poured in from farmers, community members, and businesses. The farm bureau also received $5,000 in contributions for travel expenses and to purchase some necessary items that weren’t donated.
In all, the truck convoy will deliver hay, bedding, straw, protein pellets, milk replacer for orphaned animals, wood shavings, and farm and ranch supplies.
“We’re very surprised and humbled, and just blessed by the outpouring of support. All walks of life have contributed to this,” Norman said. “We’ve heard of everything just being wiped out from the water and the ice floes, and the snow melt. It’s hard to grasp what’s happened out there.”
He added, “We’re all in this agriculture thing together. When somebody gets a bad deal like this, it’s just the nature of farmers and ranchers to pool their resources and help one another.”
It’s not too late to donate. Those looking to help can contact the Four County Farm Bureau at 419-445-0723 or visit the offices at 362 Main St. in Pettisville.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.