The American Farm Bureau Federation today expressed its appreciation to Monsanto Co. for its generous wildfire relief donation of $200,000 to be shared equally among Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Farm Bureaus. Kansas Farm Bureau will dedicate its $50,000 to the YF&R Wildfire Relief Fund for beginning and young farmers and ranchers in the four affected states.

The funds were donated in response to devastating blazes that have caused more than $20 million in property damage in Texas and burned thousands of square miles in the plains of Oklahoma alone. Kansas state officials report the state has lost more than 1,000 square miles of farm and ranch land to the fires.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation is grateful that Monsanto has remembered this nation’s farmers and ranchers in a time of real need,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “These wildfires have been especially tragic for families who already were struggling with depressed prices for the food they raise. A gift this large at a time like this means the world to those affected.”

The farm community has already mobilized to come to the assistance of farmers and ranchers in states affected by the fires. Numerous state Farm Bureaus, other agricultural entities and individuals have united to gather and transport donations of hay to feed cattle in the affected states.

Read more about state Farm Bureau wildfire relief efforts at these links:

Colorado – www.coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund
Kansas – www.kfb.org/Article/Kansas-wildfire-relief
Oklahoma – http://okfarmingandranchingfoundation.org/donate/
Texas – www.texasfarmbureau.org

Source: American Farm Bureau Federation news release