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Relief efforts underway for farms and ranches devastated by flooding in North Dakota

The National Cattlemen's Foundation, in cooperation with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, is launching a disaster relief effort to assist farm and ranch families impacted by catastrophic flooding and blizzards in North Dakota.

Family farm and ranch operations across the state have been devastated by flooding caused by spring blizzards and near-record snowfall. Many families have been completely displaced from their homes. Some remain without power, potable water, and other utilities. Livestock losses are estimated to be nearing 100,000 head. Spring planting has already been delayed, which could lead to a shorter growing season, decreased yields and disease. Downed fences and other property damage have also added to the battle with Mother Nature, as hundreds of farmers and ranchers struggle to make repairs while keeping their operations functional.

"One of the greatest needs besides feed and hay right now is fencing materials. Disaster relief funds can be utilized to assist producers in securing posts, wire and clips and rebuilding their infrastructure," says Julie Ellingson, executive vice president of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association.

Every dollar contributed will directly assist families struggling to keep their farms and ranches operating under these difficult conditions. In conjunction with the foundation, the North Dakota Stockmen's Association will manage distribution of all funds donated.

Contributions by check can be made payable to National Cattlemen's Foundation, with "disaster relief" included on the memo line. Donation checks should be mailed to:

National Cattlemen's Foundation

9110 East Nichols Ave., Suite 300

Centennial, CO 80112

Online contributions can be made by going to the foundation's website at www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org, then selecting "Contribute Now" on the left-hand side of the screen. Donations are tax-deductible.

The National Cattlemen's Foundation advances the future of the beef industry with passion and urgency.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the largest organization representing America's cattle industry. Initiated in 1898, NCBA is the industry leader in education, influencing public policy to improve producer profitability and in preserving the industry's heritage and future. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org. Visit us online at www.CattlemenToCattlemen.org or www.BeefUSA.org.

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