Application and nomination forms for assistance under the Ranchers Relief Fund are now available for producers affected by livestock losses in the early October blizzard that blanketed South Dakota and several other western states.

Although it is sometimes difficult to ask for help, producers who experienced losses are encouraged to apply, says South Dakota State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director Rosie Nold.

Nominations from family, friends, community members and others who know ranchers and families that need help are encouraged to submit nominations. Applications and nominations should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2013.

The South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund, which was established by the S.D. Stockgrowers Association, South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and South Dakota Sheepgrowers Association, has collected a little over $2 million to provide support and blizzard relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry.

To read more about the application process, click here.

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