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Farm Rescue Expands Into Iowa, Its Fifth State

posted on July 27, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A farm aid organization that started in North Dakota six years ago is expanding into its fifth state.

Farm Rescue was started by North Dakota farm native Bill Gross, who flies cargo airplanes for UPS.

Farm Rescue organizes volunteers who help injured, ill or disaster-stricken farmers plant and harvest their crops.

The effort began in 2006 with Gross, three other volunteers and not much money. It has since expanded into South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota, and the group is now going into Iowa.

Farm Rescue has helped almost 200 farmers, with aid from volunteers from around the country. It's supported largely by donations from around the nation - and by more than 200 business sponsors.

Gross says it's "exciting and inspirational" to see how Farm Rescue has grown.

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