WICHITA – The four Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, Oklahoma AgCredit, Premier Farm Credit, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado and CoBank announced their donation of $141,000 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation to aid rebuilding efforts following the recent wildfires in Central and Western Kansas.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by these wildfires, including our customers that lost livestock, homes, feed, equipment, fence and more,” said Kevin Swayne, president and CEO, High Plains Farm Credit. “Our Farm Credit partners appreciate the Kansas Livestock Foundation’s outreach to those in need. All of us are committed to working closely with those impacted by this disaster in the weeks and months ahead.”
“We are prioritizing Kansas farmers and ranchers’ well being, as they are essential in delivering the food we all need to stay healthy and nourished,” said Curt Hudnutt, president and CEO, American AgCredit. “The work they do for agriculture is essential, and we know the communities in which we live have been deeply impacted. With this fund, we hope we can come together in a powerful way to help by providing some peace of mind during this incredibly difficult time.”
“Disasters such as the recent fires impact both lives and livelihoods,” said Travis Ball, vice president, CoBank. “While we know that recovery will take time, we hope that CoBank’s contribution, together with those of our Farm Credit partners, will help to ease some of the burden on impacted individuals, families and communities as they work to recover and rebuild.”
The Kansas Livestock Foundation is the charitable arm of the Kansas Livestock Association, a Topeka-based grassroots organization of livestock producers. All donated funds will be distributed to ranchers affected by the wildfire for use in recovery and rebuilding efforts following the disaster.