AgDay Daily Recap - July 5, 2017

July 5, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
JULY 5, 2017


HEADLINES
AN UPDATE FROM THE WILDFIRE RAVAGED SOUTHERN PLAINS. TEXAS RANCHERS RELIVE THE MARCH BLAZE. SUPPORT CONTINUES TO POUR IN AS RANCHERS WORK TO REBUILD FENCING. MEET AN OKLAHOMA WOMAN GIVING BACK TO VICTIMS OF THE FIRE. AND A COMMUNITY SAYS THANK YOU. AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY SILVERADO.

WILDFIRE BY THE NUMBERS
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. IT'S BEEN ROUGHLY FOUR MONTHS SINCE WILDFIRE SWEPT THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. THIS MORNING, WE RETURN TO THE FARMS AND RANCHES IMPACTED MOST BY THE BLAZE. IN EARLY MARCH, DRY WINDY CONDITIONS SPARKED A STORM OF FIRES, BURNING MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF MILLION ACRES. BY STATE-- IN TEXAS - A HALF MILLION ACRES. IN OKLAHOMA -320-THOUSAND...SPILLING OVER INTO NEIGHBORING KANSAS WITH  711-THOUSAND ACRES BURNED. IN COLORADO--30 THOUSAND ACRES. TO PUT IT IN OTHER TERMS - THE SCORCHED LAND MAKES-UP ABOUT THE SIZE OF ONE STATE- DELAWARE. MUCH OF IT AGRICULTURAL LAND USED FOR COW-CALF PRODUCTION.

FIRES IN THE GREAT PLAINS
LOST IN THE FLAMES, PEOPLE, PASTURE, LIVESTOCK AND MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND MILES OF FENCING. ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY--WILDFIRES ARE GROWING IN FREQUENCY. SATELLITE ANALYSIS SHOWING THE NUMBER OF LARGE WILDFIRES IN THE GREAT PLAINS IS UP 350 PERCENT OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES. WITH THE TOTAL AREA BURNED EACH YEAR INCREASING FOUR-FOLD. THE GREAT PLAINS USED TO BE VERY FREQUENTLY BURNED FROM WHAT WE UNDERSTAND THROUGH NATURAL WILDFIRES AND ALSO THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF FIRE BY NATIVE AMERICANS IN THIS REGION. BUT AFTER EUROPEAN SETTLEMENT WE'VE BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE AT FIRE SUPPRESSION IN THIS AREA AND WE HAVEN'T HAD VERY MANY LARGE WILDFIRES OVER THE LAST CENTURY AND SO WE DON'T GENERALLY THINK OF THE GREAT PLAINS AS AN AREA THAT'S VERY PRONE TO WILDFIRE. REGARDLESS OF WHY THE IMPACT IS NEARLY OVERWHELMING. AND WHILE, TIMELY SPRING RAINS HAVE HELPED HEAL THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. BETSY JIBBEN WENT TO THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS WHERE THE SMOKE IS GONE BUT THE MEMORIES ARE STILL BURNING. IT'S EASY TO SEE THESE TEXAS FIELDS ARE READY TO PLANT -AS ANOTHER SEASON IS UPON OCHILTREE COUNTY FARMER, RYAN JOHNSON. BUT IT'S MUCH HARDER TO SEE FROM INSIDE THE CAB -WHERE MEMORIES BURN IMAGES OF WILDFIRE RAGING ACROSS THE COUNTRYSIDE-STILL TOO FRESH TO CALL THE PAST. "I WAS ACTUALLY ON THIS TRACTOR RIGHT HERE AND I GOT THE CALL. I JUST SAT AND LOOKED UP AND THERE IT WAS. I COULD SEE THE PLUME OF SMOKE. IT WAS JUST OUT OF CONTROL." THE PERRYTON WILDFIRE IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS ROLLED THROUGH -UNTAMED AND WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. IN TEXAS, HALF A MILLION ACRES CHARRED. THE STATE ANIMAL HEALTH COMMISSION PUTS THE FIGURE AT 25-HUNDRED HEAD OF CATTLE AND 19-HUNDRED HOGS LOST TO THE FLAMES. "SO, THIS LAND WAY TO THE NORTH OF US AND WAY HERE TO THE SOUTH, THIS IS THE AREA WHERE THE FIRE ORGINIATED AND WITHIN 5 MILES OF HERE IS WHERE THE FIRE STARTED," RECOLLECTIONS MANY PEOPLE-SHARE TOGETHER IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS. "I WAS UP AT THE ELEVATOR AND WE GOT BIG TANKS AND HAULED FERTILZER AROUND AND WE STARTED FILLING UP TANKS WITH WATER AND BRINGING IT DOWN," LOOKING AT IT TODAY, IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE IN MARCH -THE TERRAIN COULD LOOK SO DIFFERENT.. TODAY THE GRASS IS GAINING STRENGTH. "IT'S GROWN BACK BUT NOT GRAIZABLE YET. THESE RECENT RAINS ARE REALLY HELPING US OUT, ESPECIALY SINCE WE'RE GET TING HEAT. IT'S REALLY HELPING," MOISTURE TEXAS PRODUCERS DON'T NORMALLY SEE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO SAYS POCKETS OF OCHILTREE COUNTY SAW  5 TO 6 INCHES OF PRECEIPATION THIS SPRING- 200 TO 300 PERCENT OF NORMAL. "YOU CAN SEE IT'S RECOVERING WELL WITH THE MOISTURE WE HAD. IF THIS WERE A DROUGHT YEAR, THIS GRASS WOULD NOT LOOK THIS GOOD," YET RANCHERS SAY SOME PRODUCERS MAY BE ABLE TO PUT LIVESTOCK BACK OUT THIS FALL, WHILE FOR OTHERS, IT MAY BE YEARS DEPENDING ON DAMAGE. "AS YOU CAN SEE THE GRASS IS KIND OF COMING BACK GREE. AND THERE'S NOT ANY BROWN GRASS OR ANY WEEDS COMING UP, WELL THAT'S WHERE THE FIRE BURNED," WHILE RESTORING FORAGE IS A SLOW PROCESS, THE COMMUNITY RESPONSE HAS BEEN FAST. "IT WAS NEAT TO SEE HOW A SMALL TOWN REACTS TO A DISASTER LIKE THIS. T O SEE WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE CAME IN, THEY ALL HELPED EACHOTHER OUT. NO ONE WAS FIGHTING, NO ONE WAS ANGRY. THEY ALL WORKED TOGETHER WITH A COMMON GOAL TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE WAS TAKEN CARE OF, THAT WAS PRETTY NEAT," THAT HELP ALSO COMING FROM FOLKS OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY. LIFE HERRE IS SLOWLY GETTING BACK TO NORMAL -GROWING GRASS, PLANTING CROPS AND REBUILDING FENCE. "IT'S COME BACK SO WELL," THESE PRODUCERS ARE RESILLIANT BU7T THEIR PROGRESS IS HARDER TO SEE. "I'M SURE THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE HURTING WORSE OFF THAN THEY'RE EVEN TALKING ABOUT," REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. AS BETSY MENTIONED TIMELY RAINS HAVE HELPED MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS RECOVER FROM THOSE WIND WHIPPED FIRES. BUT FOLLOWING THE FIRE, THIS WHAT THE RANGE LOOKED LIKE. BLACK AND BURNED, ALL VEGETATION BURNED TO THE GROUND. STATE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN HOLDING MEETINGS ABOUT RANGE MANAGEMENT SINCE THE FIRES BROKE OUT. WITH PASTURESAND GRASSLANDS SCORCHED MANY WONDER HOW LONG THEY NEEDED TO WAIT TO PUT LIVESTOCK BACK OUT AND WHETHER OR NOT PORTIONS WILL EVEN REGROW. JUST UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S GOING ON AND LEARNING WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP IT. WILL KEEP WE'LL KEEP RANCHERS AROUND HERE UP AND GOING THESE FIRES. THEY DON'T RESPECT STATE LINES AND OUR PLANT COMMUNITY IS REALLY YOU KNOW ARE GROWING ACROSS THESE DIFFERENT STATES THEY'RE OCCURRED AT A TIME OF THE YEAR WE MIGHT CONDUCT A PRESCRIBED BURN FOR INSTANCE BUT UNDER THE WILDFIRE CONDITIONS NOW MUCH MORE INTENSE AND AND WILL CAUSE A LOT MORE POTENTIAL DAMAGE TO THE PLANTS ALTHOUGH IT BURNED OFF ALL OF THE ALL OF THE ABOVE GROUND VEGETATION THE ROOTS AND EVERYTHING ARE STILL ALIVE. AND SO THOSE PLANTS ARE ARE ABLE TO COME BACK. H OW SOON CAN CAN. PRODUCERS PUT CATTLE ON. I THINK THERE'S MOST PLACES HAVE SUFFICIENT FORAGE WHERE THEY COULD START GRAZING ANY TIME.

WILDFIRE CHALLENGE
AS PART OF THE RECOVERY WE WANTED TO HELP...OUR CORPORATE COUSINS AT DROVERS AND THE FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION TEAMED UP WITH THE HOWARD G BUFFETT FOUNDATION FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR WILDFIRE CHALLENGE. THE GOAL-- TO HELP SUPPORT RANCHERS AS THEY WORK TO REBUILD FENCING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. AND SO FAR, YOUR GENEROSITY IS PAYING OFF. SO FAR-- SOME 640-THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS POURED IN--AND THE HOWARD G BUFFETTFOUNDATIONS SAYS THEY'LL DOUBLE IT--UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS. WE'RE ALMOST THERE. TO LEARN MORE GO TO THE WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG.

TEASE
AND THIS EFFORT ISN'T THE ONLY ONE,  HELP FOR THE FOLKS IMPACTED BY THE FIRES HAS BEEN PLENTIFUL. UP NEXT WE'LL SEE HOW PEOPLE ARE GIVING BACKING, SHARING WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND HELPING FAMILIES REBUILD. AND PART OF THE REBUILDING EFFORT IS FENCING. A VITAL PART OF THE PLAINS INFRASTRUCTURE NOW MISSING. WE'LL SEE HOW THE WORK IS PROGRESSING AND TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN TO DO TO PITCH IN.

CLARK COUNTY, KANSAS FROM THE ASHES
THE DEVASTATING WILDFIRE IN SOUTHWESTERN KANSAS CAUSED UNPRECEDENTED DESTRUCTION. STORIES ARE POURING OUT ABOUT THE SELFLESS ACTS OF PEOPLE TO SAVE LIVES, LIVESTOCK, AND PROPERTY. STEVE AND KELLY HAZEN OF CLARK COUNTY NARROWLY ESCAPED THE BLAZE. A FEW DAYS LATER THEY STARTED TO RECEIVE LETTERS FROMSCHOOL CHILDREN....GIVING THEM WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. PHOTOJOURNALIST DAN DONNERTFROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DOCUMENTS THEIR PATH - FROM THE ASHES. "WE WENT TO THE FEED STORE THIS GUY THE FEED STORE THE THERE'S A FALLING SIGN AND THE SONS COMES OUT AND HANDS US TWO ENVELOPS THE LETTER WERE SENT OUT WITH A TRUCK LOAD OF STEEL POSTS THAT WERE DELIVERED TO THE FEED STORE AND ANY FARMER OR RANCHER THAT NEEDS THEM CAN GO IN AND PICK THEM UP AND YOU GET A LETTER FROM THIS STUDENTS FROM THAT CLASS SO IT'S PRETTY TOUCHING AND ONE LETTER THAT THE CHILD WAS GOING TO SEND US 10 DOLLARS SHE HAD 10DOLLARS THAT SHE IS GOING TO SEND 10 DOLLARS TO HELP WITH EXPENSES THIS ONE LETTER SAYS WE WANT TO CHEER YOU UP HELP TO CHEER YOU UP FOR YOUR LOSS AND YOUR FIRE I GOT A JOKE TO TELL YOU WHAT DO YOU CALL A CALVE THAT GOES TO CHURCH AND THEN SHE PUT A HOLY COW AND YOU KNOW WE CHOKED ME UP THE IDEA THAT THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT YOU AND THAT THEY CARE THAT WAS JUST SO CUTE VERY HUMBLING ."

WILDFIRE CHALLENGE NOTES
IN OUR OWN EFFORT TO HELP ALONG WITH SOME OF THE DONATIONS, WE'VE ALSO RECEIVED "WELL-WISHES"...LIKE THIS ONE: "FRIENDS - WAS SADDENED TO SEE AND READ ABOUT THE WILDFIRE IN OK, TX & KS.  CAN'T IMAGINE ALL THE WORK IT WILL TAKE TO BUILD THE FENCES.  HERE IS $200 FOR THE HELP, IT ISN'T MUCH BUT WE WANT TO HELP." AND THIS ONE: "WE ARE A SMALL 4-H CLUB.  OUR CLUB MAINLY FOCUSES ON ANIMALS, INCLUDING LLAMAS, PIGS, GOATS, RABBITS AND POULTRY.  WE ARE ENCLOSING A DONATION TO HELP WITH THE DEVASTATING WILDFIRE RELIEF EFFORT. CRITTER PEOPLE HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER."

GARDINER RANCH
NEAR ASHLAND KANSAS, MARK GARDNER'S HOME WAS BADLY BURNED IN THE FIRE. LUCKILY HE AND HIS FAMILY WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES BUT REBUILDING HAS BEEN EXTENSIVE. THAT INCLUDES FENCING--WHERE THEIR OPERATION LOST MORE THAN 260 MILES OF FENCING. SO FAR THEY'VE REPAIRED AND REPLACED 40 MILES OF IT. AND WHILE THE TASK IS DAUNTING THE SUPPORT HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. WHEN WE LOOK AT ALL THE EVENTS IT'S MARCH 6TH AND WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS DONE AND QUITE FRANKLY WHAT AMERICA HAS DONE FOR THE COMMUNITY IT'S BEEN OVERWHELMING. IT'S BEEN VERY HUMBLING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE COME SO FAR AND SO FAST WITH SUCH PRECIOUS RESOURCES TO HELP ALL OF US. AND SO WE ALL THOUGHT THAT THAT WOULD LOSE ITS ENERGY AFTER A WHILE BUT IT HASN'T. PEOPLE CONTINUE TO COME AND PEOPLE CONTINUE TO HELP PEOPLE YOU KNOW CONTINUE TO SEND SUPPLIES THAT SUPPORT. SUPPORT IS POURING IN--ESPECIALLY ON THE FENCING FRONT. UP NEXT WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE NEED AND TALK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PITCH IN AND SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOR.

PERRYTON WILDFIRE
AS THE WILDFIRES SWEPT THROUGH THE HIGH PLAINS IN EARLY MARCH A STAPLE OF CATTLE COUNTRY, BURNED WITH IT - MORE THAN 18 THOUSAND MILES OF FENCING DESTROYED ACROSS THE PLAINS. REBUILDING THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS ONGOING. BETSY JIBBEN IS BACK IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS AND THE HEART OF THE PERRYTONWILDFIRE. FARMERS IN OCHILTREE COUNTY, TEXAS ARE BUSY.. PLANTING ANOTHER CROP LIKE THEY DO EVERY YEAR. BUT THIS ISN'T THE ONLY JOB WEIGHING ON RYAN JOHNSON THIS SEASON."WE LOST 10 THOUSAND ACRES," HIS FARM AND RANCH TAKING A DIRECT HIT DURING THE MARCH WILDFIRES. "WE LOST ABOUT 16 MILES OF FENCE." "WE'RE ABOUT 75 PERCENT DONE RIGHT NOW. WE'RE GOING BACK IN TO WHERE CEDAR POSTS HAVE BURNED OFF AND REPLACING THEM WITH STEEL POSTS," QUICK WORK FOR THIS CATTLE COUNTRY NECESSITYITS LEGACY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PRODUCERS. SOME OF THESE POSTS STANDING SINCE TAFT WAS PRESIDENT. "WITH THE FENCE REBUILDING EFFORTS, METAL STAKES ARE A BIG DEAL. AS YOU CAN SEE HERE TO THE NORTH OF US, 3,4,5 METAL STAKES AND THEN IT'S A CEDAR POST. THOSE CEDAR POSTS ARE BURNED TO THE GROUND," WHERE THOSE POSTS ONCE STOOD, FIRE LEFT BEHIND WEAKER, BRITTLE SPOTS IN THE WIRE - LEAVING STANDING FENCE NOT IN THE BEST SHAPE. "NOW EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THE FENCE IS STILL STANDING, BECAUSE OF THE HEAT OF HTE FIRE, IT WILL STILL NEED TO BE REPLACED," "THAT'S THE MAIN RECOVERY EFFORT NOW, REPLACING ALL OF THESE CEDAR STAKES WITH ACTUAL METAL POSTS GOING INTO THE GROUND. THAT'S PROBABLY OUR BIGGEST NEED, THAT AND BARB WIRE," BOTH AN ONGOING PROCESS, AND A STRAIN FOR THE CHECKBOOK-SOME FENCE LINES IN THE PLAINS COSTS ROUGHLY 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS PER MILE TO BUILD- AND ALL OF IT MAY NOT BE COVERED BY INSURANCE. WE INTERVIEWED ONE PRODUCER WHO DIDN'T WANT TO BE IDENTIFIED- HIS OPERATION WAS AT THE FRONT OF THE FIRE. HE SAID HUNDREDS OF MILES OF FENCE STILL NEEDS REPAIR. "HOW IS THE REBUILDING PROCESS COMING ALONG FOR A LOT OF THESE PRODUCERS? HIM: YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A CERTAIN PROCESS OF REBUILDING IF YOU WANT THE ASSISTANCE THEY'RE OFFERING. I WOULD SAY BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, WE OUTTA HAVE GOOD GRASS BACK. FENCE LINES ALL OUTTA BE UP."IN CANDIAN TEXAS, THE CANADIAN ANIMAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION STORE HAS BEEN A MAIN DROP OFF LOCATION   FOR WILDFIRE DONATIONS. THEY SAY VERY FEW PRODUCERS ARE COMPLETELY DONE RECONSTRUCTING THEIR BOUNDARIES. "IT'S STEADILY GOING ON. "IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO REBUILD ALL THE FENCE. MOST PEOPLE ARE WORKING ON THEIR PERIMETER FENCES AND THEN WHEN THEY FINALLY GET MORE TIME, THEY WILL LOOK AT INTERIOR FENCES. A CREW OF FOUR WILL TAKE FIVE OR SIX DAYS TO DO A MILE OF FENCE. SO, WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT 500 TO 600 MILES OF FENCE; IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE." AVENT SAYS CALLS COME NEARLY EVERY DAY ABOUT FENCING SUPPLIES THE GOOD DONATED ITEMS ARE GOING FAST. "IF THEY WANT TO DONATE, IT'S WIRE AND T-POSTS, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE AFTER," BACK IN THE FIELD, JOHN'S WORK CONTINUES"SO FAR THIS IS OUR LAST 50 OF 700 ACRES TO PLANT HERE!" MOVING FORWARD, PLANTING TOWARD THE FUTURE, KNOWING A NEW SEASON BRINGS PROMISE. LEAVING THE PAINS OF THE PAST TO SLOWLY FADE INTO THE TEXAS PRAIRIE. REPORTING FOR AGDAY, I'M BETSY JIBBEN. THANKS BETSY.

WILDFIRE CHALLENGE
AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, DROVERS, THE FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION AND THE HOWARD G BUFFETTFOUNDATION HAVE TEAMED UP TO MAKE FENCING A PRIORITY. ALL OF THE DONATIONS FROM THE MILLION DOLLAR WILDFIRE RELIEF CHALLENGE ARE GOING TOWARD FENCING. THE GRANTS ISSUED BY THE WORKING RANCH COWBOYS ASSOCIATION WILL PAY FOR BOTH MATERIALS AND OR LABOR...TO PUT THE NEW FENCES UP. AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MILE AND 18-THOUSAND MILES DESTROYED--THE NEED IS ENORMOUS. RANCHERS LIKE THE GARNDER'S SAY HOW THE WORK GETS DONE IS A STRATEGY IN ITSELF. WELL WE'VE RECEIVED A LOT OF HELP FROM FROM LOTS OF FOLKS IN DOING THAT AND WE HAVE TWO PROFESSIONAL CREWS THAT YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS OUR FAMILY MADE THE DECISION TO DO WE HAVE TO DO WHAT WE DO FOR A LIVING AND THAT'S YOU KNOW RAISING CATTLE AND TAKING CARE OF CATTLE AND WE'RE NOT PROFESSIONAL FENCE BUILDERS AND THE GOOD SIDE OF THIS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND WE'LL HAVE MUCH BETTER FENCES THAN WE HAD BEFORE THE FIRE. SO WE KIND OF JOKE THAT WE'RE LIVING IN A VERY GATED COMMUNITY NOW WITH VERY NICE FENCES. IF YOU'D LIKE TO PITCH IN, GO TO WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG TO LEARN MORE.

TEASE
HELP HAS COMENOT JUST FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY--BUT KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE PITCHING IN. UP NEXT WE'LL MEET A YOUNG LADY FROM OKLAHOMA WHO SAW A NEED AND DECIDED TO DONATE THE BEST WAY SHE KNEW HOW.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED
ADULTS AREN'T THE ONLY ONE'S SETTING AN EXAMPLE OF HOW TO HELP FAMILIES DEVASTATED BY WILDFIRE. STORY AFTER STORY IS POURING IN FROM KIDS, 4-HERS, FFAMEMBERS AND OTHERS SEEKING TO HELP IN THEIR OWN WAY. IN OKLAHOMA, OUR FRIENDS AT SUNUP TV INTRODUCE US TO ONE YOUNG WOMAN WHO DECIDED TO SHARE NEARLY A YEAR'S WORTH OF HARD WORK WITH THOSE IN NEED. DURING THE WEEK OF THE OKLAHOMA YOUTH EXPO THIS YEAR WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE APPROACHED US ABOUT WANTING TO DO SOMETHING TO SUPPORT THEIR FELLOW PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURE FOR NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA THE SUFFERED THROUGH THE WILDFIRES. AND WE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. AND ONE MORNING DURING THE SHOW SENATOR EDDIE FIELDS CAME TO ME WHOSE KIDS WERE SHOWING THERE AND SAID HEY MY DAUGHTER WANTS TO    DONATE ONE OF HER THREE SHOW STICKERS TO THE FIRE VICTIMS AND MAYBE WE COULD AUCTION IT OFF AND THE SALE OF CHAMPIONS. SAID I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA. LET ME GO CHECK WITH MY BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THEY SAID ABSOLUTELY. I ASKED THEM YOU KNOW IF THEY THOUGHT IT'D BE A GOOD IDEA TO DONATE ONE OF THE ANIMALS TO THE EXPO TO BE ABLE TO DONATE THAT FOR FIRE VICTIMS RELIEF AND THEN VISIT WITH TYLER NORVILLE AND THEN THE BOARD OF OIE THAT THEY DECIDED THAT YOU KNOW AFTER WE DONATED THE CALF THAT THEY WOULD USE THOSE PROCEEDS THAT THEY GENERATED FROM THAT FROM THAT ANIMAL WOULD BE USED FOR THE KIDS THAT LOST PROJECTS IN THE FIRE. WE WEREN'T EXPECTING HELP FROM THEM. EVERYBODY BROUGHT HAY AND THEN THEY DONATED THEIR STEER AND WE'RE GREATLY THANKFUL. IF I WAS IN THE SITUATION. I KNOW THEY'D HELP ME. OR THEY WOULD HELP US OUT. IF ANYONE ELSE WOULD IF...I NEEDED IT SOMEBODY WOULD STAND UP. I THINK IT TEACHES OUR 4H MEMBERS THAT WHEN THEY SEE A NEED THAT THEY NEED TO ON THEIR OWN. STEP OUT AND FIND A SOLUTION FOR THAT. SO THEY SEE THAT REPETITIVELY THROUGH THE 4-H PROGRAM AND SO THEN WHEN THEY ENCOUNTER A CHALLENGE OR AN ISSUE IN THEIR AREA OR HERE IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA I THINK IT REALLY ENCOURAGES THEM TO SAY EVEN THOUGH I'M A YOUNG ADULT I CAN HELP IN SOME WAY AND I CAN FIND A SOLUTION. AND THAT'S WHY THE PROGRAM IS SO GREAT BECAUSE WE HAVE WHAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD CALL KIDS REALLY MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES. THAT'S WHAT YOU DO WHEN SOMEONE'S WHEN SOMEONE'S DOWN YOU BRING THEM BACK UP. AND I'M JUST GRATEFUL TO BE IN THAT COMMUNITY AND PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION WHERE WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THEM AND THEY'RE THERE THEY'RE PAYING IT FORWARD TO US. AND AND THAT'S JUST A REALLY REALLY CLOSE TO MY HEART. THE LIVESTOCK SHOW FOLKS SPENT THE WHOLE YEAR COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER. BUT WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES WE'RE ONE TEAM. WE HELP EACH OTHER AND YOU KNOW THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IS UNDER A LOT OF ATTACK ESPECIALLY IN PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE FROM OUTSIDE GROUPS THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT WE DO AND I THINK THAT YOU'VE DRAWN US CLOSER TOGETHER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES AS 4-H AND FFA STUDENTS AND YET THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE THE GENERATIONS BEFORE THEM AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO MAKE NOT ONLY THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES BETTER BUT OUR STATE AND NATION. I THINK THAT'S JUST THE OKLAHOMA STANDARD. YOU KNOW WE REACH OUT IN DISASTERS WHETHER IT'S MANMADE OR NATURAL. WE. WE STEP UP YOU KNOW WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE YOU KNOW AND IT'S JUST. I THINK THAT'S PART OF WHAT OKLAHOMANS ARE. YOU KNOW WE CARE WE'RE COMPASSIONATE ABOUT OUR FELLOW MAN IN THIS STATE AND WE DO WHAT WE CAN TO HELP OUT.

TEASE
A TOWN SAYS THANK YOU...IN THEIR OWN WORDS AFTER THE BREAK. 

ASHLAND SAYS THANK YOU
HI WE'RE THE BETTER FAMILY. I'M JENNY AND THIS IS MY HUSBAND SHANE AND OUR KIDS PEYTON ETHAN AND GENTRY. WERE FROM ASHLAND KANSAS AND WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE   KINDNESS THAT WE RECEIVED ON MARCH 6. WE HAD A REALLY REALLY REALLY BAD MONDAY. BUT SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE FOR RURAL AMERICA. I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR. ALL THE HAY AND THE SUPPORT THAT YOU GUYS PROVIDED. IT'S JUST BEEN IT'S BEEN AMAZING. I MEAN WE WE CAN'T WELL. WE CAN'T ASK FOR ANYTHING BETTER. SO FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS. TO ALL OF YOU WE SAY THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH. WE WERE JUST FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. BUT NOW WE'RE FAMILY. THAT FROM RESIDENTS IN AND AROUND ASHLAND KANSAS. A FEELING OF THANKS IN A TIME OF SO MUCH DESTRUCTION AND HEARTACHE. THE TOWN SAVED BY WINTER WHEAT FIELDS, NOW HARVESTED AND PREPARING FOR ANOTHER SEASON...REPLANTING THEIR LIVES.AND HOPEFUL THIS SCORCHED PAST GIVES WAY TO GREENER PASTURES FOR THEIR FUTURE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP FAMILIES AND  COMMUNITIES SURVIVE AND REBUILD. PLEASE GO TO WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG TO LEARN MORE. THE FARMING AND AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY IS STRONG AND WE'RE EVEN STRONGER TOGETHER.

CLOSE
FOR ALL OF HERE AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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