The five Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and CoBank announced their donation of $160,000 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation to aid rebuilding efforts following the recent wildfires in Central and Western Kansas.
The Kansas Livestock Foundation is the charitable arm of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), 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.
Denver-based CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusiness, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit Associations, will match contributions made by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas-American AgCredit, Farm Credit of Ness City, Farm Credit of Western Kansas, Frontier Farm Credit, and High Plains Farm Credit for a total contribution of $160,000. The five farmer-owned Farm Credit Associations of Kansas provide financing and related services to rural communities and agriculture throughout Kansas, and have a long history of partnering with the KLA on important matters impacting agriculture throughout the state.
The recent fires set the record for the largest wildfire in Kansas history, breaking the record set by the 2016 Anderson Creek fire.
"We are deeply concerned for all who were impacted by the devastating wildfires, including more than 30 American AgCredit customers who lost livestock, homes, grass, fences, equipment, and more," said Greg Reno, senior vice president, American AgCredit. "It is our honor to support the Kansas Livestock Foundation, along with our Farm Credit partners, in this important relief effort, and we are committed to working closely with our affected customers in the days and weeks ahead."
"Support of this fund on behalf of our borrower-owners ties back to the support provided last year after the Anderson Creek fire," said Kevin Swayne, President and CEO, High Plains Farm Credit and Farm Credit of Ness City. "Back-to-back natural disasters in our region are truly devastating and we are thankful to be in a position to provide assistance."
"Farm Credit and CoBank have a history of standing by our customers and the rural communities we serve in good times and in bad," said Travis Ball, regional vice president, CoBank. "The recent wildfires throughout Kansas have created a tremendous need and we are committed to doing our part to support the industry and the people of Kansas in their recovery efforts."
(Release courtesy of Farm Credit and CoBank)