Many ranchers lost most or even all of their cattle or sheep herds. It was a devastating blow to many small ranchers who couldn't afford insurance on their stock. Stock that they were just days or weeks away from selling for the season. Instead of reaping the rewards of an entire year's work, they were left with devastation.
I've never been a farmer or a rancher or have even lived in South Dakota, but I do like to eat. In particular I like to eat beef and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the people who work long hard hours through all sorts of weather (including freak blizzards) and all so that I can pick up a neatly wrapped, tasty, and safe piece of meat in my local grocery store.
So for all those reasons, my second donation of the year has gone to the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund.