Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying and harvesting assistance at no charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, is accepting applications for livestock feeding assistance.

Farm Rescue serves six states, including Nebraska. Farm Rescue helps in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Iowa.

The livestock feeding program is in its second year.

When a rancher is unable to work due to a crisis, Farm Rescue provides equipment and volunteers to help feed livestock. Equipment has been provided by Haybuster (a division of DuraTech Industries) of Jamestown, N.D.

The volunteers can also operate rancher-owned equipment, if needed, the organization said.

Farm Rescue started in 2006 and has grown every year, adding haying assistance services in 2012 and recently completed “Operation Hay Lift,” in which hundreds of loads of hay were delivered to ranchers affected by severe drought.

As with all Farm Rescue services, livestock feeding assistance is provided through the work of volunteers, the organization said. Additional volunteers for this ranch-focused program are needed. Volunteer forms as well as applications for assistance are available at www.farmrescue.org.

The livestock feeding assistance program provides a short-term means of sustaining cattle herds.

“We recognize the challenges that hard-working ranchers face on an ongoing basis,” said Bill Gross, Founder & President, Farm Rescue. “Livestock still needs to be fed when crisis strikes unexpectedly, and it’s our goal to provide timely livestock feeding assistance when a ranch family is in the recovery phase of a major injury, illness or natural disaster.”