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Farmers Organize To Assist Rural Communities Damaged By Tornadoes

Farmers Organize To Assist Rural Communities Damaged By Tornadoes
More efforts begin to take shape as it becomes clearer what victims need.

If you want to do something to help the tornado victims in southeast Indiana, and there is not a group in your area that has organized a money donation or goods donation drive, here's an opportunity you might want to check out. An Indiana businessperson is pulling together an effort to get farmers down to the areas that need help for two days of service.

It's called farmers-helping-farmers. The goal is to help storm and tornado victims with clean-up and other needs in the Henryville, Marysville and other areas hit by the storms. The two-day clean-up period is slated for this coming Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

The push is to get farmers who live within 100 miles of the Henryville- Marysville communities to come for one or both days of the clean-up process. The person organizing this particular effort is Kelly Crabtree of Novozymes BioAg.

Contact her by Wednesday, March 14 by 5 pm if you are available and willing to help. You can reach her by phone at 317-508-0593. Or you can email her at: KYCE@novozymes.com. Volunteers in this particular effort must be at least 18 years old, she notes.

Talking to farmers in the area, it's not just farmers who suffered a lost barn or grain leg, or even a home, that will need help. Debris is scattered over many fields where the farmer wasn't otherwise damaged by the tornado in his operation. All that debris must be cleaned up.

One hay producer is particularly concerned about such things as pieces of fiberglass insulation left in the hayfield. He intends to clean up as much as possible. He doesn't want to make hay and have those kind of materials end up in his hay bales this summer.

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