April 14, 2017
Alabama farmers, the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation (AFAF), the Alfa Foundation and the Alabama Farmers Federation recently donated $80,000 to wildfire relief efforts in the Midwest.
Ranchers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado were devastated by recent wildfires, which destroyed more than a million acres of prime grazing land and killed thousands of cattle and swine.
To maximize the donation’s impact, the AFAF, Federation and Alfa Foundation matched $25,000 from county Federations. Donations were accepted through March 31.
“As with past disasters, the agriculture community responded with a generous outpouring of hay, supplies and prayers,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “Through our Farm Bureau contacts and Cattlemen’s Associations in affected states, we determined cash donations were the most needed and efficient way for us to help.”
Parnell said the Federation worked to provide direct assistance to those in need without creating transportation and logistics issues.
Several affected farms were part of Alabama’s 2016 Beef Tour in Kansas.