Rancher Relief Fund


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Rancher in Spearfish, SD thankful to find some of his herd.

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Rancher trying to get feed out to his herd. Most of the cattle and sheep were on summer pastures, not near the ranch.

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After 12 hours of rain, four to five feet of snow covered the area. Power is still not fully restored in many parts.

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Cattle still had on their summer coats. Rain followed by snow dimissed their ability to keep warm in the blizzard

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Snow has made is difficult to find cattle. Many ranchers are relying on hellicopters

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The snow covered the grass and feed for the cattle. Ranchers are trying to find the cattle and bring them feed

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The government might be shut down, but the American spirit isn't

You can help South Dakota, Nebraska & Wyoming cattle & sheep ranchers recover from an epic blizzard that killed thousands in their herds.

Update: Tyson Partners to give $10/tweet (up to $50,000) on #RancherRelief TweetCast!

Join us on Monday, October 21 at 9pmET to help ranchers in our #RancherRelief TweetCast. Tyson Foods is committed to giving $10/tweet using #RancherRelief hashtag from 9pmET-10pmET (up to $50,000). Ranchers will be answering your questions live and sharing their stories of recovery. To join the chat follow this link: http://n5t.co/AQgA


In an effort to bring emergency relief to ranchers affected by Winter Storm Atlas, AgChat Foundation is uniting several groups and organizations. With
a goal of raising $500,000, the 501(c)3 organization is able to gather donations and
provide 100% of the contributions (minus small Razoo processing fees) to the cattle and sheep ranchers of South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming who need it most.

YOU can help!

By donating to the Rancher Relief fund here, you can make a difference in a rancher’s life. 100% of your tax deductible donation will go directly to funds established by the Nebraska Cattlemen, South Dakota Cattlemen, South Dakota Stockgrowers and the South Dakota Sheep Growers, and a relief fund in Wyoming. Funds will be equally distributed between the three states. These rancher lead organizations have established a committee to distribute the funds to the ranchers who need them most.

Why YOUR help is needed

While preliminary accounts are still limited, some officials believe that upwards of 60,000 head of cattle and sheep were affected in the storm. “Ranching families across the prairie are experiencing the trauma and loss like never before. The loss of livestock
is shocking to the core. Our hearts are raw,” stated South Dakota rancher Jodene Shaw. She continues on her blog, “you don’t just simply go “buy new cows” and start over. The foundation is removed. The legacy. The years. The work. The love. The faith.” She also points out that the economical impact on families but strongly voices concern over the toll on ranchers’ emotional investments. Near the end of the post, Shaw reflects, “yesterday, as I saw live cattle, I wanted to wrap my arms around their neck and kiss their faces.” Search and rescue efforts have been widely inhibited due to
the snow depths so full-scale ramifications of the storm may not be seen for some time.

You can help at any amount

You can give at any amount to make a difference. 100% of your donation (minus small Razoo processing fees) will go to ranchers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.

We are currently looking for larger donors, companies and organizations to help leverage individual donations. Please contact AgChat Foundation executive director, Emily Zweber, at 651-341-0430 or execdir@agchat.org to learn more.

If you would rather donate off line please send a check payable to AgChat Foundation:

Attn: Rancher Relief Fund, PO Box 196, Elko, MN 55020

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Organization Information

24187 Toboggan Ave.
Hopedale, IL 61747




The mission of AgChat Foundation is to empower farmers and ranchers to connect communities through social media platforms.

EIN: 272181193

Reports: Guidestar

$36,003 RAISED OF $500,000 GOAL
$0 $500,000
($33,228 online, $2,775 offline)

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