After Hurricane Harvey: a helping hand - Butler County farmers send hay to Texas

Jay Mittag, Keith Wetzel, Edward Johnson and Mike Ruby stand with a truckload of hay for Texas. (Submitted photo.)

When natural disasters strike, Iowa farmers aren’t afraid to step in and help those in need. Butler County farmers recently loaded a semi-trailer with round bales, working with the Livestock Family Support Organization to help Texas agricultural families in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

     The Livestock Family Support Organization was founded by Peter and Kelly Decious, from Tracy, Iowa, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to send semi-truck loads of round and square bales, feed buckets, halters, fly spray, dog and cat food, shavings and animal feed to a U.S. Department of Agriculture drop-off point in LaPorte, Texas. These supplies will be available to livestock and agricultural families affected by the hurricane.

     “We’re a livestock family, and we put ourselves in their place,” Decious said. “If that were us, what would we need?”

     The Decious family just took a load down to Texas this weekend. Iowa farmers, 4-H and FFA groups and local companies have stepped in. American Wood Fibers in Pella donated five pallets of wood shavings. 


Read more in the September 14th Star or Tribune/Journal.