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7:49 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Pastor Trying To Secure Hay For NM Ranchers

Clovis, New Mexico – CLOVIS, N.M. (KRWG) With a surplus of hay in Iowa and a shortage in the southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need.

Pastor Bonita Knox with the Trinity Lutheran Church tells the Clovis News Journal (http://bit.ly/qkKPHl ) they're gauging the need.

Knox says the issue of moving surplus hay to shortage areas came up when an Iowa farmer was seated next to a Texas rancher during a mid-August nationwide gathering of Lutherans in Florida.

The conversation grew to a plan, now known as "Hay Lift."

Knox says she jumped at the chance to include the Eastern Plains in the relief effort.

Now Knox is putting out a call to the community to tell her how much hay is needed so that she can report back by Tuesday morning.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com

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