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Disaster applications being accepted

CAYCE – As a result of recent weather-related disasters and in response to the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation created the SCFB Agricultural Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to assist farmers in recovery from natural disasters.

“Farmers in South Carolina are no strangers to hurricanes, flooding and natural disasters, especially after what we’ve experienced in the last few years,” SCFB President Harry Ott said. “They are the backbone of this state and this fund allows us to show them our support in their time of need.”

To be eligible, farmers should complete the application, farm in one of the affected primary or contiguous counties as designated by the USDA and provide documentation of loss. Anyone interested in applying must submit the application by April 5.

The funds are available to all farmers, whether they are members of SCFB or not.

Contributions to the foundation are also currently being collected. Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online.

For more information, visit scfb.org/AAF.

Reinke opens distribution center

DESHLER, Neb. – Reinke Manufacturing announced that it is opening an expanded parts distribution center in Tifton, Georgia. The facility will serve growers in the Southeast and Northeast regions of the United States.

The distribution center will give Reinke dealers the ability to deliver state-of-the-art irrigation technology and equipment to farmers faster than ever before.

“Increasing the responsiveness of the Reinke dealer network is our goal,” said Mark Mesloh, vice president of sales for North America. “By expanding what this facility offers, we are now able to provide parts to these regions without waiting for them to ship from our manufacturing center. This will make it easier for farmers to get the equipment they need to help improve their crop yields faster.”

Reinke operates two other distribution centers in the U.S. – one in Amarillo, Texas, serving the Southwest, and the other in Burley, Idaho, serving the Northwest. Future Reinke distribution centers are under consideration in other regions.

“I’m really excited about having the distribution center here in the Southeast. The dealers in the Southeast have grown our market share significantly and it was time for Reinke to take this step to demonstrate to our customers our commitment to them and their operations,” said Mike Mills, Southeast territory manager. “Our dealers are going to have significantly better access to a wider array of repair materials and products, so that they can take care of customers in a matter of hours rather than days and get them going and growing.”

Tractor supply, FFA seek applications

For the fourth consecutive year, Tractor Supply Co. and FFA are partnering for the Grants for Growing campaign, a competitive grant program that provides funding to FFA chapters across the country for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project. The application period ends on Feb. 11.

Agriculture educators are invited to submit a proposal for a new or existing project that benefits both the larger community as well as future FFA members. Applicants must outline how the chapter will start, sustain or expand on the project.

Following the application period, Tractor Supply will host a fundraiser from Feb. 13-24, inviting customers to make donations in-store or online with purchase to support the future projects. Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be funded in the spring based on the amount of funds raised. Donations will fund grants in the same state they were donated.

FFA advisers interested in applying for a grant can visit http://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit their application.

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