Please continue to check here for any news or resources that will keep you informed during this time. Please contact the office if we can be of any assitance.


We appreciate all the desires to help and/or donate. SDCA has colaborated with the SD Stockgrowers Association and the SD Sheepgrowers Assoc. to establish the SD Rancher Relief Fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard.

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Atlas Blizzard Relief ... How you can HELP! 211 PDF

Affected Producers: Do you need immediate assistance? Funds are available Click for Flyer Press release

Fact Sheet 10/16/2013

To Donate: Visit to donate online or for more information. Donors can mail checks to the Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund made out to "Rancher Relief Fund" to PO Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709

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 Thank you again for the thoughts and prayers and patience during this time.


SDCA sends prayers for the livestock producers who are digging out from this devastating October blizzard in western South Dakota.  While we’re still gathering information about the storm’s impact, we wanted to share some information regarding livestock losses and possible disaster assistance:

  • Livestock diaster programs expired with the Farm Bill on September 30.
  • Both the House and Senate Farm Bills re-authorize the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) with funding at different levels - 65% of market value in the Senate version and 75% of market value in the House version. It's unclear what level of assistance may be available through LIP until the Farm Bill is finalized.
  • DOCUMENT YOUR LOSSES!! If / when the Farm Bill is finazlized, it's likely livestock losses will be covered retroactively.  Losses should be documented as soon as possible after the storm. The more information you have, the better.
  • Verify your inventory, and verify your losses and where those losses took place if possible. Take pictures, write down lost cattle's ID tag # if possible, and get a head count.
  • Be sure you have a disinterested 3rd party verify your losses.  This could be a neighbor, vet, or someone other than a family member or farm laborer.  They should visually see the losses and write, sign and date a note saying their name and verifying that they saw the losses and the number of cattle.  If available, rendering receipts are also considered 3rd party verification.
  • Contact the Animal Industry Board with questions about carcass disposal - 605.773.3321
  • Other questions may be directed to your county Emergency Management office.

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Mental Health Resources   
 211 /877-708-4357 South Dakota Help Line  If you need volunteers to work please call them for this service too.
 800-658-3900 Three Rivers Mental Health
 605-342-4195 or    605-342-4870  Youth and Family Services  

RECORD KEEPING; It is important to keep good and complete records of losses due to the snow storm. Read More on what information is needed.

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