MALONE - Franklin County's Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension are working together on a hay drive for farmers devastated by severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in southern New York state.
Many farmers lost all their feed, bedding, homes, barns, livestock and crops, and officials from the Soil and Water Conservation District hope county residents will donate some hay: a round bale or two, or a few square bales - no amount is too small.
"We know that it hasn't been a great year for hay around here, but if we can get a little from many people, we will be able to fill a tractor-trailer or even two, which we will deliver," read a press release from the Soil and Water Conservation District. "We have not set a goal; we would just like to get as much as people can spare."
To help, call the Soil and Water Conservation District at 518-483-4061 ext. 5. There is also a need of tractor-trailers for delivery, so the district is looking for companies that may have back-hauls going south that are willing to help. For those who don't have hay and would like to help, there is a fund set up for fuel costs for the truckers and another for the day-to-day needs of the farm families.