June 23 2020 02:32 PM

Michigan-based non-profit to back online livestock auction opportunities for Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri.

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Youth livestock shows, and fairs are continuing to be cancelled or postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. Ag Community Relief is working hand-in-hand with partners to continue access for youth to sell their livestock and to assist in funding for their future.

Ag Community Relief along with partners DVAuction and Osborn Barr Paramore are working together to connect youth and buyers through access to an online auction platform. Auctions will be broken out by state and will focus on large livestock—cattle, sheep and swine.

“This specific project gives our followers and supporters an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their dedication and hard work by seeing these livestock projects through to the end,” said Ag Community Relief President, Matt Schaller. “Ag Community Relief believes the future of our organization lies in the hands of our youth. For that reason, we encourage youth to be involved in community service and support their future through our scholarship program.”

The program will kick off in the Midwest. 4-H and FFA members in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri who need an alternative place to sell their livestock due to fair and show cancellation, can enter their state’s respective auction. Each auction will be a timed auction and held virtually over a two-week period through DVAuction.

Auction Dates

  • Missouri: July 18 – August 1
  • Illinois: July 18 – August 1
  • Michigan: July 25 – August 8
  • Kansas: August 1-August 15

“DVAuction is honored to help provide a marketing venue for these hard-working 4-H and FFA youth,” says Dan Broz, CEO, DVAuction. “We’d like to thank Ag Community Relief for making DVAuction a partner to make this program possible.”

Interested 4-H and FFA members can find more information to sell their livestock on the ‘Current Efforts’ page on Ag Community Relief’s website.

Potential buyers can register now using the step-by-step instructions available at AgCommunityRelief.com.

Ag Community Relief is also providing others not interested in selling or buying the opportunity to contribute to this effort through sponsorship and donations. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or if your state is interested in opening your own auction, visit AgCommunityRelief.com to find out more.

About Ag Community Relief

Michigan-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization—Ag Community Relief is often referred to as the “Red Cross for Farmers.” Ag Community Relief’s goal is to bring relief to active farmers/ranchers who experience devastation across the United States by assembling volunteers and donations to help mitigate their suffering. The organization helps them get communities back to where they were before the disaster struck. Since its inception in 2017, Ag Community Relief’s raised more than $750,000 in cash and valued supplies —including hay, feed, fencing, veterinary supplies, etc.—to help farms throughout the country. You can also find Ag Community Relief on Facebook and Twitter.