Columbia County farmer organizes relief for farmers devastated in Nebraska

Columbia County farmer organizes relief for farmers devastated in Nebraska
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A Columbia County farmer dealing with his own financial issues is organizing a drive to help farmers devastated by flooding in Nebraska.

” It’s definitely difficult times right now. Farming is difficult even when things are going well, ” Joe Keller said.

Keller, who grows a number of cash crops, knows the struggles of farming firsthand. He said he was inspired to help after seeing photos and video of farms out in Nebraska. The governor of Nebraska called the flooding the most widespread destruction that state has ever seen. The devastation is especially impacting farmers, with estimates of nearly $1 billion in crop and cattle losses.

“I had plans to take a long weekend and go somewhere, and then I saw these videos and pictures, and I thought, ‘Well, instead of going somewhere and just driving around, I should go there and try to help out,'” Keller said.

Keller, who works at Wollershiem Winery during the day, posted on Facebook Tuesday. He asked friends to drop off donations at Wollershiem . Keller plans on driving the items to Nebraska next Wednesday. He is asking for anything a farmer or homeowner might need. So far, the post has been shared more than 800 times.

“Hopefully that translates into help because 13 billion shares won’t buy a bag of feed,” Keller said.

A number of items have already been donated. Some others have agreed to join Keller when he heads to Nebraska next Wednesday. Keller plans on staying in Nebraska to help farms that aren’t receiving other assistance.

” There’s already a Cajun Navy that comes out of Louisiana. They go around to different disasters with their boats and trucks and everything, and they try to help out. I thought, let’s have a Badger Army and head out there and try to help out,” Keller said.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can drop your items off at Wollershiem Winery from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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