Local farmers collecting hay to help farmers impacted by floods in the Midwest


(WBRE/ WYOU)- Floods in Nebraska have ripped through farms, making it difficult for farmers to feed their animals.

Local farmers know the challenges that severe weather brings so they are stepping up to help out.

In this part of Lycoming County farms are the back bone of communities.

“Every trip to the grocery store. We’re behind it,” Clay Koser, Lycoming County Farm Bureau board member said.

That’s why Clay Koser believes that when one farm suffers, those effects are felt far and wide. 
Since farms endured severe flooding in Nebraska, the Lycoming County FFA Alumni and the Lycoming County Farm Bureau are collecting hay and other supplies send over to send over there.

“The animals are suffering without the hay, and feed and fence supplies. They just have nothing,” Koser said.

In 1985, Montoursville FFA Alumni member, Eric Stamer’s farm was hit by a tornado.

“You wake up the next morning and you think, ‘I’ve got 150 animals, how am I going to feed them?'” Stamer said.

When his farm was struck, his neighbors helped. Now he’s paying that goodwill forward.

“The greener the hay, the more nutritional value it has. This bundle is looking pretty green. So donations like this are not just food for animals. It’s also food for the table.”

Farmers in Northeastern Pennsylvania faced heavy rains last year, making hay a limited resource for them too. Still, Stamer says that when he put out the announcement, they received about 20 tons of hay by the next morning.

“If they can see the need to give up what little they have left, that says a lot about their willingness to help somebody else,” Stamer said.

The association is also taking monetary donations to help with fuel costs to transport the hay and other supplies to Nebraska.

The association says their first send out will be on March 30th. 

Here is the Montoursville FFA Alumni’s facebook page to get in contact with them if you would like to donate.

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