All too often, Farmers receive more flak for what they are doing wrong or not well enough, rather than what they are doing right. We’re here to share two stories of how Farmers continue to help out their community, especially for those in need.
When David Fiege was suddenly and tragically killed in a farm accident a little over a week ago, his family wasn’t sure how his over 1,000 acres of land would get harvested. That is when his community stepped in and planned a Harvest Bee – where farmers from all of over come to help out and get fields harvested. But this was no typical Harvest Bee, this was one built on fresh emotions and an outpouring of support. So much support that there was almost not enough land for all of the equipment that showed up. Overall, almost 25 Combines, 15 grain carts and 50 trucks were involved in the Bee, but that’s not counting the numerous farm wives, children and others who came just to show their support and cook for those in the field. Farmers even put aside their own harvest to come and help out the Fiege Family. David Schrepel grew up with Fiege and was one of his best friends. Seeing the events of the day and the outpouring of support has helped him deal with an unbearable tragedy. When asked about his own harvest that awaits he said, “I’ll be there tomorrow. Today, I needed this.”
Farmers in Northern Indiana have come to the aid of a Farmer in need. Garry Thrush is currently battling Leukemia, and as a result, has been undergoing chemotherapy. His current treatments have made it impossible for him to get out in the field, so that is where his community has stepped in. Dozens of farmers are coming in from around the community to help harvest some 400 acres of soybean crop. In all, 11 combines, 3 trailers and numerous man-power and supporters have vowed to help the Thrush Family. The efforts were focused on the 400-acre section because that crop needed to be taken to the grain elevator as a cash/rent process.
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