Hay loading

Nick Sievers loads donated hay onto a semi trailer March 16 at the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Beresford, S.D.

Donations of hay are on the way to areas of Nebraska that are experiencing severe flooding after last week's storms.

The nonprofit Farm Rescue organization is again activating "Operation Hay Lift" to haul much-needed livestock feed to ranchers affected by the natural disaster. The organization is calling for hay donations, volunteer CDL drivers and monetary gifts to help support the mission, which will last throughout the next several weeks, as funding and resources allow.

Affected ranchers are asked to fill out applications for hay hauling assistance, which will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be obtained at farmrescue.org.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from this natural disaster," Farm Rescue founder and president Bill Gross said in a news release. "Please consider donating funds or hay so we can deliver hope to these families in the midst of crisis."

Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster.

Those wanting to apply for assistance, sign up to be a volunteer CDL driver or make a monetary donation can visit farmrescue.org or call 701-252-2017. If you have any hay to donate, please contact Levi Wielenga, Operations Manager, at levi@farmrescue.org or 712-389-1024.