South Dakota cattle ranchers may not be getting federal assistance due to the government shutdown but a just-established relief fund may be able to help. Three South Dakota organizations have banded together, establishing the Rancher Relief Fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundations to provide support and assistance to ranchers affected by the blizzard.
Donate to the Rancher Relief Fund online. Checks also are accepted. Mail checks to: Black Hills Community Area Foundation, SD Rancher Relief Fund, PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709. Checks should be payable to “Rancher Relief Fund.” The fund will be administered by the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association.