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Farmers and FFA members helping neighbors

April 14, 2017
Dysart Reporter

Benton County Farm Bureau donated to the fundraising event to take fencing supplies and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who are affected by the wildfires sweeping across the central and southwest regions of the United States.

The Benton Community FFA, under chapter advisor Krystal Wright, and the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA helped at the Vinton Pizza Ranch, Monday March 27th as a fundraiser to assist farmers who were affected by the wildfires. Tips, and a percent of the profits, from the evening at the Pizza Ranch will go to buy fencing and other supplies that will be taken to assist those affected by the fires. This was just part of the Benton Community FFA Chapter mission to collect monetary donations, along with fencing supplies, and other necessities, to be delivered to those in need.

More than 2,200 square miles have burned, leaving some farmers without homes, farm buildings, equipment, destroying livestock and everything in the fires path. Farmers are without feed for their livestock, fences to contain the livestock that survived, and many farmers escaping with only the clothes they were wearing. The Benton County Farm Bureau is pleased to be a part of this FFA fundraising mission.

Article Photos

Benton County Farm Bureau leaders Bill Newton, Matt Werner, Al Schafbuch and Robert Ritscher were on hand to present a donation to the Benton Community FFA Chapter for their fundraising efforts at the Pizza Ranch in Vinton. Also pictured are Louise Fleming, Melissa Heeren, Krystal Wright, Erin Cantrell, Tate Kettler, Carly Selken, Charlie Parizak, Mia Meyer, Alexis Miller and Shelby McDonald.



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