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Published May 12, 2010, 09:37 AM

Volunteers rescue a farming family dealing with hardship

Luverne, ND (WDAY TV) - A joyous day for a Luverne, North Dakota farming family traumatized by a painful past 6 months. After losing his wife in an ATV accident on the farm and then ending up on crutches with a debilitating knee injury, Bruce Emery and his son wondered how they could keep their farm going.

Bruce: “Last 6 months have been pretty traumatic.”

17-year old Jarett Emery's is trying to fill the void left by his mother's tragic death and father's inability to work.

Jarett Emery: “Early mornings and late nights.”

It's been a long time since he did high school things like a carefree afternoon hanging with friends. Jarett's days are spent doing chores and running errands, like grocery shopping.

Jarett: “Just got to keep on going. Know that you have to get it done.”

His father Bruce left frustrated, unable to help his son, even though this farm is his livelihood.

Bruce: “He's the kind of kid you don't have to ask, he just does it. He's a good kid.”

But Jared can't do it all on this 2-thousand acre farm. The emery's needed rescuing.

Bruce: “Faith in god somebody would come and they did.

In his fields, something he couldn't have imagined a few months ago, tractors busy seeding.

Brian Berkuehlen/Volunteer: “We're taking that crutch away, I like to say. We're helping him out so he can succeed in life and farming and continue on doing what he does everyday.”

Farm Rescue volunteers planted 300 acres of wheat and now 300 acres of soybeans.

Bruce: “Knowing that this is going to get done, and get done right, that's a big relief. It is a big load off my mind.”

Farm Rescue is getting the job done in a fraction of the time. RDO's equipment can do in one day what it would take Bruce, if he was physically able, 1 to 2 weeks to complete with his equipment.

Todd Thompson: “It's tough enough right now to be a family farmer in this day in age, so to be a family farmer with a hardship, or tragedy, it's that much tougher. So if we can help provide equipment, you can't help but not feel great about it.”

That feeling is shared by Bruce and Jarett, who love farming and family, but with trauma to both are grateful for the love of strangers.

“Wonderful, it's a good feeling. It's wonderful being able to smile.”

Farm Rescue plants and harvest crops free of charge to farmers affected by injury, illness, or natural disaster. This is the 30th farm it's helped this year.