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Source: Farm Rescue news release

Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster, is now adding haying assistance for farmers and ranchers throughout Farm Rescue's coverage area of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. Applications are now being accepted for haying assistance and applicants are encouraged to apply early to receive priority consideration.

"Farm Rescue is pleased to now offer haying assistance to farm families who have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster," said founder and president of Farm Rescue Bill Gross. "We have had many requests for haying assistance and now through the generosity of RDO Equipment Company and all our sponsors, we are expanding our available assistance options to help more farmers and ranchers."

RDO Equipment Co. Executive Vice President Keith Kreps stated that "in an effort to assist more farmers in times of need, RDO is committed to Farm Rescue's Haying Assistance initiative by supplying a state-of-the-art John Deere Round Baler and John Deere Tractor."

RDO Equipment Co. sponsors the John Deere equipment utilized by Farm Rescue for planting, harvesting and haying. They are the largest sponsor of the nonprofit organization and have been instrumental in providing assistance during times of unexpected crises to more than 250 farm families.

Farm Rescue was founded in 2006 and has helped more than 250 families since its inception. The organization's mission is to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop.

Farm Rescue helps farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 planting and haying seasons. Call 701-252-2017 or visit

RDO Equipment Co. was founded in 1968 when third-generation potato farmer, Ron Offutt, purchased a John Deere dealership in Casselton, N.D. The business stayed in the family when Ron's children, Christi Offutt and Ryan Offutt, took over leadership roles within the company.

RDO owns and operates more than 60 dealerships in nine states, selling quality brands such as John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon, and employing more than 1,900 people who focus on agriculture, construction, environmental, tree care, underground, and machine control. In addition, the company currently operates in several international partnerships, including multiple locations in Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and Australia.

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