Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization founded to help farmers in need, has begun accepting applications for the 2007 harvesting season.
The organization announced it will expand assistance to include harvesting for the first time since its inception.
There is no deadline to submit an application. However, farmers are encouraged to apply early, since selection will be based on the severity of the injury or illness in the order that applications are received.
Farm Rescue's mission is to provide planting and harvesting assistance to family farmers in North Dakota and farmers in counties bordering North Dakota who have experienced a major illness, injury or act of nature that has caused financial hardship.
The organization helped 14 farm families plant crops this spring.
"We are pleased to be able to help even more farmers with the addition of harvesting assistance," said Bill Gross, founder and president of Farm Rescue.
Donations from businesses, foundations and individuals help to fund overall operations.
The newest sponsors include: Agramax, Archer Daniels Midland, Farmers Union Collegiate Chapter, Alpha Gamma Rho-Montana State University, Hornbacher's, Marketplace Food & Drug, Cenex of Minot and Border States Coop.
The North Dakota Association for Nonprofit Organizations recently named Farm Rescue last week the "Innovative Program of the Year."
"We are honored to be recognized as a unique and innovative program," Gross says. "We want Farm Rescue to become a household name, so that farmers know they can turn to us for help in a time of crisis."