The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau has created a fund to help farmers and ranchers as they recover from a brutal winter storm that killed an untold number of livestock and derailed the dairy industry.
The bureau announced the creation of its relief fund Tuesday. Individuals and county farm bureaus are among the contributors.
Bureau President Mike White says agriculture families are experiencing significant financial hardships as a result of the storm.
The bureau will be accepting applications for assistance through May 1st. Money from the fund will be distributed beginning in June.
The storm brought about two feet of snow, 80 mph gusts and freezing temperatures to some parts of eastern New Mexico in late December. Animals were lost and barns and fences were demolished.