Southern University Law student organizing relief drive for ranchers impacted by midwest flooding


A Southern University Law student is organizing a relief drive for farmers and ranchers impacted by severe flooding in the midwest. 

Hilari Vargas launched the Southern Rancher Relief Project in April with the assistance of the Southern University Ag Center. the St. Tammany Parish 4-H and the SU Institute for One Health One Medicine.

Vargas is passionate about the agriculture, having grown up raising and showing livestock. She says she was devastated to see the damage done to farmland and livestock after a bomb cyclone and severe weather impacted the heartland in March. 

Hay crops and fencing have been lost and damage estimates is in the millions.  Vargas is seeking volunteers and donations to send to Nebraska to assist farmers and ranchers with their recovery efforts. 

Vargas says there is a need for drivers with pickups and trailers, hay, fencing materials and monetary donations to cover gas and pay hired drivers.

If you would like to donate or learn more about the Southern Rancher Relief Project, contact Vargas at or visit the Southern Rancher Relief Project facebook page here:

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