I am a 4th generation farmer. Agricul-
ture has always been a way of life for me
and my family. In the early 1980's as a
young married man and father, we were
caught up in the turmoil of the farming
crisis. It affected my whole family and
changed our lives forever. It took years
to recover, but we persevered and did
move forward. Looking back, it was the
kindness and helping hands from our families, our church, our
friends, and most of all - our faith, that saw us through the mire
and onto firm ground.
I admire the people who continue to farm and ranch the hard
way. They are an industrious and honest people. They are the
heart of our country. And I am blessed to call myself and con-
sider myself one of them.
Our hearts go out to the families and ranchers who were recently
affected by the early winter snowstorm in the Dakotas. Not only
were thousands of cattle lost, but horses as well. The forces
of nature remind us that despite our best efforts we are not in
control. It is during these times, when our faith is tested, that we
must pull together and help one another. Adversity can come to
anyone of us, at anytime, regardless of who we are, or our status
in this life. It is how we weather the storms that determines who
we really are.
It reminds me of a quote by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, "People are
like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the
sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is
revealed only if there is a light within."
We know there are many lights shining in the Dakota's and
throughout the world right now. We admire you and are keeping
you in our prayers. For those who would like to learn more about
the disaster in the Dakota's and how you could help, go to:
or simply make donation checks out to:
Rancher Relief Fund
Black Hills Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 231
Rapid City, SD 57709
The Rancher Relief Fund is staffed by volunteers and staff from
the three livestock producer groups in South Dakota: 1.) South
Dakota Cattlemen's Association, 2.) South Dakota Stockgrowers
Association and 3.) South Dakota Sheep Growers Association.
For one ranchers account, read Leslie Merrill's report on pages
68 and 69 of this issue.
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Thank you for giving attention to this storm in your magazine... just thought horse
enthusiasts should know what happened over here on that dreaded October night.
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