Fire Relief Foundation Closing in on Million Dollar Total
Farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses from all over the country have been very generous in donating to Wild Fire Relief Fund.
Donations have topped $640,000 for the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge to benefit ranchers. That total pushes the partnership with the Howard Buffet Foundation more than halfway to its goal. The Foundation agreed to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million by July 31st. With the match included, the goal is to raise $2 million for wildfire relief for ranchers affected by March wildfires. There’s a lot to rebuild, especially fencing.
The damage totaled 1.6 million acres in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Thousands of miles of fencing were damaged, estimated to cover 18,000 miles at a cost of up to $10,000 a mile. Thousands of cows will also need to be added back to herds. Charlene Finck, President of the Farm Journal Foundation, says, “We’re grateful for the outpouring of support to date and we’re working hard to meet the full challenge. We hope that all of agriculture will pull together to meet the challenge by July 31st.”
More help is needed. Donations are still coming in and you can donate by going to the Wild Fire Relief Fund. Deadline is July 31st for the dollar for dollar matching funds campaign.