Pitching In to Help Wildfire Ranchers

March 17, 2017

On the Monday morning after wildfires tore through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the Paulsen staff paused weekly planning to discuss the trauma facing farmers and ranchers to the south.

Paulsen President Sara Steever offered to personally match all gifts made by Paulsen team members if the team could find a way to help. Thankfully, Paulsen account specialist Brittany Lessman knew a guy.

All Paulsen funds would go toward an effort involving Lessman’s cousin, Kade Nussbaum.

Nussbaum pulled together with fellow farmers across South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota to coordinate, gather and personally deliver eight truckloads of hay to ranchers impacted by the wildfires.

Trucks originally making their way to Oklahoma were rerouted by the county extension due to a surplus of donations in that area. The Midwest convoy then switched gears and landed in Phillips County, Colorado to meet a greater need.

The Paulsen staff was proud to donate $1,000, which was used to fuel the trucks in their journey to and from Phillips County.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kade Nussbaum and Brian Bisemeire

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