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Plainfield, Dumont farmers collecting bales of hay to donate to flooded neighbors

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Two eastern Iowa farmers are collecting bales of hay to help fellow farmers.

We have showed you video after video of flooding in western Iowa and Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture says feed for animals, such as hay, and fencing are two big needs for flooded farmers.

KWWL spoke with Plainfield farmer Greg Barnett and Dumont-area farmer Bronz Helmke. The two teamed up to collect bales of hay to bring to their flooded neighbors.

They say they decided to take action, after seeing the damage.

“It sounds like a lot of ranchers and farmers out there lost everything,” Barnett says.

So far, the two farmers have collected around 60 bales of hay. That’s about two semi-truck loads. The farmers say people have been giving them not just hay, but also other supplies to donate. Everything from milk replacer, to fuel money to working gloves.

Barnett says, “It’s basically like starting from ground zero. I mean right now they’re looking for fence supplies, for farm supplies, medical supplies, vet supplies. It’s like they lost everything. I can’t imagine what they’re going through.”

A reminder of what Iowa is all about…

Barnett says, “Iowa strong right. Iowa proud.”

Something else remarkable, these farmers tell KWWL there’s a shortage of hay right now. People around here are still stepping up to donate. They plan to leave for Nebraska and western Iowa later this week.

If you would like to donate, you can reach out to Greg Barnett on his FACEBOOK PAGE. Again, click here for that.

You can also email Barnett at gjbarnett53@gmail.com