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Assistance for ND producers hit by Atlas

The North Dakota Stockmen's Foundation (NDSF) is now accepting applications and nominations for assistance through its Stockmen's Aid for Atlas Disaster Relief Fund. The NDSF established the special fund to aid North Dakota livestock producers who were devastated by winter storm "Atlas" in early October.

"Many ranch families were impacted by this incredibly destructive storm," said NDSF President and Towner, N.D., rancher Jason Zahn. "The Stockmen's Foundation wanted to reach out and provide support to producers on both sides of the border."

In addition to its financial assistance to the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund, the NDSF established the Stockmen's Aid for Atlas Disaster Relief Fund to provide relief to North Dakota producers who suffered catastrophic livestock losses in the blizzard, which was marked by up to two feet of snow in the southwestern quadrant of the state. It pooled its and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association's resources with gifts from private donors to establish the fund.

The NDSF will disburse the funds in early 2014 to producers based on need.

Application forms are available online at http://www.ndstockmen.org or by calling the NDSF at 701-223-2522. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from that site or be requested. Nomination forms are intended for those who want to submit the names of friends or neighbors who need assistance, but who might not apply themselves. To be considered, application and nomination forms must be submitted to the NDSF by Jan. 31, 2014.

To date, the NDSF has collected more than $47,000 to support impacted livestock producers. It is still accepting contributions for the fund. Checks can be made to the NDSF with "Aid for Atlas" written in the memo and sent to 407 S. Second St., Bismarck, ND 58504. The NDSF is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, so gifts can be deducted as charitable contributions for income tax purposes.

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The NDSF supports the beef industry with scholarship, leadership, promotion, research and building objectives. While only five years old, the NDSF has already made significant contributions. Among its achievements: awarding 20 collegiate scholarships to young people interested in agriculture and related careers and, with partners, providing $50,000 in direct aid to livestock producers to rebuild and repair damaged infrastructure after destructive floods and blizzards in 2009.

–ND Stockmen's Assoc.