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Farmers Have Joined Forces To Bring Relief to Nebraska Flood Victims

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There are few who work harder than farmers. They are “salt of the Earth” people, and when disaster strikes some of their own, no one understands what that means like other farmers.

A group of farmers in Iowa was shocked by the damage Nebraska had sustained during the recent storms, so on March 22, they set out to take hay to their struggling fellow farmers.

“It’s tough to see them people in that kind of shape,” James Garnant, one of the farmers trucking hay, told Fox News.

Since the flooding, hay for their livestock has become one of the hottest commodities that farmers need but no longer have available, so people like James Garnant and Robert Broulik understand how vital their shipment is.

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“There’s two other farmers donated hay,” Garnant said. “Some people that knew we were doing it gave us money for fuel and stuff.”

“It’s just kind of what the farming community always does,” Garnant said.

“Took us better part of the day yesterday to just get the trucks ready and get the hay loaded, get it tied down, get it ready to go,” Broulik said. “You know, it’s a long ways out there.”

During the six-hour drive to Columbus, Nebraska, drivers spotted the loads of hay being hauled toward the needy farmers, and many took pictures and posted them online or honked in appreciation.

“That’s my Daddy’s truck!” Nikki Rodgers commented on one photo. “Steve Lampone has the biggest heart for people in need. This man will give even if he doesn’t have it to give he will find a way❤️.”

“On this pic join us in shout out to volunteer truck driver Steve Lampone from MO with donated hay from wonderful couple (Julie & Wayne) in Chapman KS in this now famous pic,” commented Amy Dickerson.

“Steve hauled hay loads for us in Lincoln from Lancaster Event Center for two days starting with this one we got routed to drop off in Archer NE … then he went to Fremont and Beemer today!”

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“Funny back story on that picture — the couple who donated hay painted that sign, Steve didn’t know about it and it took a thumbs up with a honk after several honks passing him on highway to realize everyone wasn’t complaining he could only go 55 mph with 32K pounds of hay!!!”

“Hug a truck /trailer driver today and make sure they have gas money and a good meal!”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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