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On the Farm: Helping a Farmer in Need

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It's no surprise to North Dakotans that farming isn't a 9:00 to 5:00 job. It's hard work from sun up to sun down. But how do families keep their farm running when tragedy strikes? When farm families are dealing with major injuries, illnesses, or natural disasters, they turn to Farm Rescue. Wednesday, the non-profit group hit the crop fields in Mercer.

Working around the farm is hard enough with two hands and two feet, what happens when a person only has one of each? “Just bending over, crawling under an air seeder, it's not as easy as it used to be,” said Mathew Fischer, a life-long farmer in Mercer. In 2013, Mathew Fischer, was working on a hay-stacker when his shirt got caught on a PTO, he was pulled into the machine and the accident left him without his left arm, and right leg.

Six months later during recovery, Matt received a call from Bill Gross, the Founder of Farm Rescue, asking if Matt and his family wanted some help planting in 2014. “First reaction was I don't know if we need that, if we need them to come out. So many other people need them, we'll probably be able to get our stuff done on our own,” added Fischer.

After he and his family talked it over, they accepted the help, and the Farm Rescue crew made the trip to Mercer. “The people that we're helping out here, they don't want help, they like doing things on their own, they don't expect any help. A lot of them have a hard time even asking for help, but when we help them, it's just a gift to us to be able to help them. They're so appreciative, it's a really cool operation,” said Randy Weaver. Weaver has been volunteering for Farm Rescue for 7 years, he and his crew were helping Matt plant about 250 acres of flax Wednesday afternoon.

While Farm Rescue normally spend just a few days at a farm in need, Weaver says that's all it takes to see how thankful the people are. “It's really enjoyable for us, we get to meet these people and help them and they're really appreciative. They come out and work with us usually, even if they're injured you can hardly hold these farmers down,” stated Weaver.

While life has become more challenging for Fischer, he kept his spirits high, pushing to make sure he'd be back on the farm. He said, “You always hope that you don't have to let anything go, and I've been lucky enough that I've healed well enough that it looks like things are looking up.”

Farmers always keep safety in mind, but accidents can happen. Fischer says staying positive is what's most important. “Never give up. There always ways and means of getting things done. Whether it's you need help initially, to help you get back on your feet again and get going, there's people out there that will help like Farm Rescue. There's always a way,” said Fischer.

The Fischers are the 6th family Farm Rescue has helped so far in 2014.

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