Agricultural groups, lenders and a convenience store travel chain have pledged support to wildfire victims in four Plains states.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Love’s Travel Stops and Farm Credit of Oklahoma are pledging fund relief for fire victims. The three organizations have furnished gift cards for fuel to those transporting donated hay to the affected area.
“It’s in these times of disaster that we see the true spirit of Oklahomans,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “As farmers and ranchers, it’s our duty to help each other when in need. We consider it a privilege to play a small part in the relief efforts.”
An estimated 1.3 million acres of land have burned, devastating farmers and ranchers throughout northwest Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Ranchers in the area are in dire need of feed for their cattle.
“Farmers and ranchers have seen severe damage in western Oklahoma,” said John Grunewald, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma president and CEO. “Families have lost homes, livestock, equipment and hay. We, with all Farm Credit associations in Oklahoma, are proud to be a part of the recovery efforts of the area.”
In addition to funding transportation of the donated hay, Grunewald said Farm Credit also will provide no-interest agricultural operating loans for those directly impacted by the fires.
“These are proud, hardworking people,” Grunewald said. “We know they’ll make it through this.”
A staple in the northwest Oklahoma community, Love’s Travel Stops also appreciated the opportunity to serve the farmers and ranchers in the area.
“We’ve been a part of the Woodward community for 40 years and we understand that local farmers are extremely important to the area,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Love’s Travel Stops vice president of communications. “Giving farmers the tools they need to feed their livestock during this difficult time means more than feeding animals; it means protecting the community our employees have come to know and love.”
Gift cards will be distributed at hay drop-off locations.
For more information, contact Oklahoma State University Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau office at 405-530-2681 or visit www.OKFarmBureau.org.