More than $2 million has been donated by more than 4,000 individuals, organizations and businesses to the Rancher Relief Fund to help those who lost livestock in the early October blizzard.
Dec. 31 is the deadline for applying to receive aid – or for nominating someone to receive aid.
Any producer within or adjacent to the blizzard area is eligible to receive aid. There is no cut off or disqualification for age or percentage of herd lost.
Producers who lost any species of livestock will be considered. Sheep, cattle, horses and buffalo producers will receive consideration.
After the Dec. 31 deadline, the application process will not reopen.
"We know that these funds will not make anyone whole again, however, we are hopeful that the money will help people get to the next step," says Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.
All applications for Rancher Relief Funds will be reviewed by Lutheran Social Services staff, and will be distributed following criteria set by S. D. Cattlemen's Association, S.D. Stockgrowers Association and S.D. Sheep Growers Association.
Nominations and applications for the Rancher Relief Fund are available at http://igrow.org/livestock/beef/rancher-relief-nominations-and-applications.
If you have any questions about the application process, contact Christen at S.D. Stockgrowers Association at 605-342-0429 or Jodie Anderson at S.D. Cattlemen's Association at 605-945-2333.