Tuesday, March 16, 2010

When Duty Calls You Know a Farmer Will Be There

The snow is melting, and you know what that means...

A month of so a go I was joking with my friend Corineah, that after Corineah and Ben survived their first Fargo Winter, they would be working at surviving the floods. Well Corineah informed me today that the floods are here. Much of North Dakota and Minnesota went through the same thing last year, but that doesn't mean that the water won't cause any less damage than last year.

Many farmers have to be evacuated because of overland flooding. And that means if at all possible their livestock have to be moved too. Corineah works in Extension, and Ben for the University. Part of their job has been assisting these farmers. It really frustrates me when PETA and HSUS keep on singing their song about how they are there for the animals, but in times of great need they are nowhere to be found. Instead farmers and ranchers are helping other farmers and ranchers, students both high school and college, and community members are all pitching in. Corineah tells me they already have a million sandbags and clay dikes are popping up everywhere.

Corineah and Ben are in a really good housing situation, so the flooding shouldn't effect them too much. However, they have lots of coworkers and friends feeling the effects of all this water right now. Keep them in your thoughts, and don't be afraid to lend a hand. 

1 comment:

  1. HSUS and PETA would be there to cut the fences to let the livestock out, not to actually help load them and keep them safe. Here's to hoping they don't end up with a massive feed shortage during the flood!


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