Kansas farmers and ranchers are still recovering and rebuilding after the state’s largest wildfire burned more than 651,000 acres causing more than $38 million in losses in March.
Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB), Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) and New Boston Creative Group have partnered together in developing a new PSA featuring TV actor and comedian Eric Stonestreet. The PSA encourages people to donate to a fund established by KLA that will help those impacted by the fire rebuild.
“As many people know, Eric was born in Kansas City and is a huge supporter of our great state,” Meagan Cramer, director of communications at KFB, says. “When we asked him to help with the project, he was kind enough to say yes. We are grateful to Eric for helping us.”
Generous donors continue to give to the fund. As of May 8, a total of 3,406 individuals, companies and organizations had given $2,472,448 to KLF. Every dollar donated will be distributed to Kansas ranchers who lost cattle, fence, grazing resources and harvested feed.
Donations have come from 102 Kansas counties, 47 other states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. There have been 80 individuals purchase the limited edition prints by Eva Gardiner available here, generating $20,605 for the KLF wildfire relief fund.
Recent large contributors include the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation at $11,334, Northwest Farm Credit Services of Spokane, WA, at $10,000 and CoBank at $10,000. Livestock markets continue to host fundraisers, with substantial donations coming from Beatrice (NE) Livestock Sales at $26,712, Farmers Livestock Market of Moneta, VA, at $13,760 and Tri-State Livestock of McCook, NE, at $13,000.
Donations are still encouraged as the application process comes to a close. Click here or send checks to KLF, 6031 S.W. 37th, Topeka, KS 66614. Proceeds will help affected ranchers rebuild thousands of miles of fence and replace thousands of cattle lost to wildfire.
Cash contributions, either through auctions benefitting KLF or direct donations to the foundation, are tax-deductible. To donate, click here or send checks to KLF, 6031 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. Every dollar collected will go to ranchers in affected areas.
Another way to give to KLF wildfire relief is by purchasing one of a limited series of signed and numbered prints. The gallery-quality prints of “A Walk Through Henry’s Dream,” created by Eva Gardiner of Ashland, can be purchased for $250 each at www.kla.org. All proceeds from the prints go to wildfire relief.
KLF will use every dollar collected to help those affected by Kansas wildfires. Donations to KLF are tax-deductible. KLF has a proven process for equitably distributing donated funds. Contributions can be made online at www.kla.org or by sending a check to KLF, 6031 S.W. 37th, Topeka, KS 66614.
Furnas County Livestock Association will be shipping hay and other supplies to the Ashland and Montezuma, Kansas area. For more information, contact Bill Weaver at 308-268-2538.
The Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) is accepting donations to assist the Kansas ranchers recently devastated by fire. The immediate need for the Kansas ranchers is fencing supplies including: creosote posts; 3 ½ inch x 8 feet, T posts; 6 1/2 feet, Red Brand 80 Ruthless 4 Pt Barbed Wire 12 1/2 Gauge, staples; 1 3/4 inch, T-post clips, nine penny nails, number nine wire for tie-downs and fence corners, Goldenrod wire stretchers, post hole diggers, hammers, fencing pliers, and leather fencing gloves.
Donations to assist the Kansas Ranchers can be made payable to the Loup Basin RC&D Council a 501(c)(3) Mark in the for area: Donation – Kansas Ranchers Fence Supplies.
Mail donations to P.O. Box 400, Burwell, Nebraska 68823 or drop by the office at 330 South Highway 11, Burwell. If you have questions, contact Dale Melia, President of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 728-7275 or Janet Sanders Executive Director of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393.
There is an immediate need for hay, feed, fencing supplies, individuals willing to provide trucking, etc. for the farmers and ranchers devastated by yesterday’s fires. Donations should be taken to CHS Grainland in Haxtun. A loader and scale are both available, if needed. Contact Rick Unrein 970-520-3565 for more information about dropping off donations. Donations can also be dropped off at Justin Price’s farm (11222 CR 7 Sedgwick, CO). For more information, please contact: Kent Kokes 970-580-8108, John Michal 970-522-2330, or Justin Price 970-580-6315.
Colorado Farm Bureau is also accepting donations though https://www.
If you would like to donate to this relief effort, you can do so by mail or online. Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation and put “Fire Relief” in the memo line and send to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit www.okcattlemen.org. If you would like to donate hay or trucking services for hay, you can do so by contacting either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530 to make arrangements or provide trucking services.
Multiple fires in the Texas Panhandle have burned more than 400,000 acres. As part of a coordinated response with multiple state agencies and emergency managers, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is soliciting hay donations. Two supply points have been established to collect donated hay. Each has been listed below. If you have hay that you can donate and transport to either supply point, please contact the location directly prior to transportation.
Supply Point 1
202 West Main
Contact: J.R. Spragg
Supply Point 2
301 Ball Park Drive
Contact: Mike Jeffcoat
The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) is taking monetary donations for Texas. You may make donations online at:
or send check donations to:
Texas Department of Agriculture
1700 North Congress Avenue | Austin, Texas 78701
There are many other donation pages being set up to help during this disastrous time. The links to those articles and pages are below:
Relief is on the way to farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses following devastating fires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Beresford, S.D. farmer Jed Olbertson, in cooperation with South Dakota Farm Bureau, is coordinating donations of hay and financial support that will be shared with those in need.
Those Olbertson has connected with that are donating and transporting hay will be gathering at the Farmers Co-op in Beresford this week to load trucks and begin the trip. In addition to providing hay, a fund has been established for cash donations at the State Bank of Alcester. The monetary donations will help offset the costs of transportation and any remaining funds will be donated to the fire relief effort. To contact the State Bank of Alcester, call them at 605-934-2500. Checks can be sent directly to the bank at PO Box 168, Alcester, SD 57001.
If you have questions or would like more information about providing donations for farmers and ranchers impacted by the fires, contact South Dakota Farm Bureau at 605-353-8050 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A Facebook page is also being created and can be found at SD High Plains Fire Relief.
National Cattleman’s Beef Association – Fire Relief Resources
Billings, MT 59107