April 23, 2017

Wildfire relief for cattle ranchers and farmer

After a wildfire

Kansas
Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA's charitable arm, by going to www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.

There is a need for milk replacer for calves that have lost their mothers in the wildfire. If you are so inclined to donate a bag, Ashland Feed and Seed said they can take credit card orders over the phone. A bag costs $44.50. Their number is (620) 635-2856.  

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill granting a sales tax exemption on the sale of fencing materials used to reconstruct agricultural fences damaged or destroyed by wildfires in 2016 and 2017. The new law, supported by KLA, exempts purchases made in 2017 and 2018. Individuals who have purchased fencing materials for this purpose and paid sales tax may apply for a refund. To qualify for the exemption at the time of sale, buyers will need to provide retailers a copy of an exemption certificate from the Kansas Department of Revenue. Information regarding the refund application and exemption certificate is available at www.ksrevenue.org/wildfires.  

Colorado
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

For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/.

Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:

Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

Oklahoma
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.

Two Atwoods stores (Atwoods of Woodward, OK and Atwoods in Alva, OK) are assisting by providing those affected with fence tape/wire at no cost while supplies last.  

Texas
Three 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.

Fencing supplies are still needed, as are monetary donations to support ranchers in the future. Fencing supplies can go to the AgriLife supply points. Monetary donations can be made to the Texas Dept. of Agriculture STAR Fund.

Supply Point 1

Lipscomb County Show Facility 
202 West Main Street, 
Lipscomb, Texas
Contact – J.R. Sprague
Office # 806-862-4601 / Cell # 806-202-5288

Supply Point 2

Clyde Carruth Pavilion
301 Bull Barn Drive
Pampa, Texas 
Contact – Mike Jeffcoat
Office # 806-669-8033 / Cell # 580-467-0753

Supply Point 3

Hemphill County Livestock
Hackberry Trail
Canadian, Texas 79011
Contact – Andy Holloway, 806-823-9114

Texas Department of Agriculture Hay Hotline
TDA's hay hotline helps agricultural producers locate forage and hay supplies for sale. If you need hay or would like to donate hay, visit http://www.gotexan.org/hayhotlinehome.aspx or call 877-429-1998.

For more details, contact your local FSA office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://www.offices.usda.gov. To learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Lost or Found Livestock
If you find cattle or other livestock with official identification, document the number, location of the animal(s), and call the TAHC at 512-719-0733 or 806-354-9335 and TAHC will contact the owner. If you find stray cattle that have a brand, call Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) at 817-332-7064 for brand identification. Visit http://www.tscra.org for more information.

For more information and updates, please visit NCBA's Website

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