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Farm Bureau members organizing wildfire relief efforts; volunteers, donations needed

Our farming and ranching friends in the West have suffered tremendous losses. Their homes, belongings, and livelihoods have been destroyed. I read in awe the stories of the cattlemen in Texas who gave their lives to protect their animals. I was overcome with emotion realizing that they demonstrated the passion that all of us have for our industry.

Some young farmers from our area began organizing a load of hay to go west. Of course, our farm was willing to help. However, as I talked with my husband, we wanted to do more. We decided to gather a small group to travel and volunteer for a few days. The response we received has blown us away. This project has become a true group effort of farmers here in Ohio who want to give of themselves, because we know others would do the same for us. Keep up with the project at our page on Facebook: Ohio’s Kansas Ranchers Wildfire Relief Efforts and our blog.

Now, we are inviting others to join us. We have contacted the Kansas Livestock Association, who is the main contact for relief efforts in their state. They are organizing fence building and clean-up projects for an Ohio group to undertake in the Sunflower State. Please visit this link, where you will find a form to pledge your support. If you would like to travel with the group, please complete the form by March 20.

Here are items you can provide:

-Fencing supplies like t-posts and barbed wire
-Milk replacer (many calves have lost their mamas and are now orphans)
-Cash toward the Ohio group’s travel expenses

-Cash directly to farm organizations in the states affected Donation form

Some County Farm Bureaus are also making donations:

I am confident we can make a difference. Let’s work together to pool our resources and efforts to leave a true impact. If the tables were turned, our friends in agriculture would do the same for us. That’s what makes agriculture so special.

See story: Ohio farmers caravan to Kansas

Photo caption and credit: Cattle graze by a wildfire near Protection, Kan., early Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

 

Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg farm in Crawford County, where they raise corn, soybeans, and dairy cattle. They are past members of the Ohio YAP state committee and continue to be involved with Farm Bureau on the county and statewide level.