AgDay Daily Recap - April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 02:57 AM
 
AgDay

TODAY ON AGDAY
APRIL 21, 2017

HEADLINES
RAGING WILDFIRES THROUGH THE SOUTHERN PLAINS IN EARLY MARCH,  LEAVING A WIDE SWATH OF DEVASTATION IN ITS WAKE.  MILLIONS OF ACRES OF GRAZING LAND, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MILES OF  FENCING AND THOUSANDS OF HEAD OF CATTLE LOST. WITH EMBERS STILL BURNING, AMERICA'S FARMERS AND RANCHERS  IMMEDIATELY RESPONDED. DONATIONS OF HAY AND FENCING ROLLED INTO  TOWNS LIKE ASHLAND, KANSAS AND CANADIAN, TEXAS....COMING FROM PLACES  LIKE DURAND, MICHIGAN AND MAPLE LAKE, MINNESOTA NOW, WE CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. RECOGNIZING THE HUGE JOB OF REBUILDING….THE HOWARD G. BUFFETT FOUNDATION CHALLENGED OUR SISTER ORGANIZATIONS.. DROVERS AND THE  FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION… TO JOIN FORCES TO HELP RANCHERS BOUNCE  BACK. THE BUFFETT FOUNDATION PLEDGING ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO THE EFFORT,  TOO.WITH THE FARM JOURNAL FOUNDATION AND DROVERS, THE HOWARD G BUFFETT FOUNDATION IS PLEDGING TO MATCH ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN RELIEF FUNDS TO  HELP RANCHERS GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.  BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP. YOU CAN GET DETAILS BY GOING TO WILDFIRE RELIEF  FUND-DOT-ORG. WHILE SPRING RAINS HAVE HELPED REJUVENATE THE SCORCHED LAND, THE  LOSSES WILL BE FELT FOR YEARS. WE HOPE YOU CONSIDER HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS....AS YOU WATCH THIS  ENCORE PRESENTATION OF "FROM THE ASHES".

WILDFIRE BY THE NUMBERS
IT WAS AN EVENT MEASURED IN MILES AND ACRES.....IN LIVES LOST....AND LIVES  SPARED. TAKING A TOLL ON HUMANS EMOTIONS.... BUT IT'S ALSO A STORY OF CAMRADERIE....A CAN-DO SPIRIT.... A WILLINGNESS TO  SHARE .. TO GIVE TO THOSE HURTING AND IN NEED. THE VASTNESS OF THE FIRE IS HARD TO COMPREHEND.IN TEXAS - A HALF MILLION ACRES. IN OKLAHOMA - 320-THOUSAND...SPILLING OVER INTO NEIGHBORING KANSAS  WITH  711-THOUSAND ACRES BURNED. THOSE THREE PLACES ALONE COMPILE MORE THAN ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION  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. IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET AN EXACT COUNT ON THE NUMBER OF LIVESTOCK THAT  DIED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE. IN KANSAS - THE LATEST VERY ROUGH ESTIMATE WAS ANYWHERE FROM FOUR- TO EIGHT-THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE. IN TEXAS - THE STATE ANIMAL HEALTH COMMISSION PUTS THE FIGURE AT 25- HUNDRED HEAD OF CATTLE AND 19-HUNDRED HOGS LOST TO THE FLAMES.

OKLAHOMA FIRE
IN OKLAHOMA....THE STATE AG DEPARTMENT SAYS THREE THOUSAND CATTLE  PERISHED, ALONG WITH 65-HUNDRED SWINE. IN COLORADO....200 CATTLE DIED FROM THE FIRE, OR HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED DUE TO INJURIES. IN KANSAS - FIRE TRUCKS AND GRASS RIGS RESPONDED. FIREFIGHTERS STRUGGLED TO KEEP AHEAD OF THE FAST MOVING FIRESTORM. PLENTIFUL MOISTURE LAST YEAR HELPED GRASSLANDS TO FLOURISH. IT ALSO  CREATED AMPLE FUEL FOR THE WILDFIRE'S RAVENOUS APPETITE. RESIDENTS OFTEN ONLY HAD MINUTES TO FLEE. "I WAS DISKING NORTH OF THE HOUSE TRYING TO GET A FIRE GUARD. :49 AND I HAD LESS THAN THREE  MINUTES. THAT WIND WAS BLOWING PROBABLY 60 OR MORE. :55 I WAS LUCKY, I DROVE THE TRACTOR  THROUGH THE FENCE INTO THE HAY BARN. ACTUALLY HIT THE HAY BARN. COULDN'T SEE WHERE I WAS  GOING.  1:04 GOT IN MY PICKUP AND WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF THERE. AND JUST THAT QUICK,  EVERYTHING IS ENGULFED."COLORADO HAS THE SAME BRITTLE CONDITIONS AS KANSAS. 

KANSAS WILDFIRE
BUT THE FIRE  SEEMED TO GET OVERSHADOWED BY THE MUCH LARGER FIRES IN KANSAS,  OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS. STILL, THE WILDIFRE IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE STATE ENGULFED  MORE THAN 32-THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN A MAD-FURY OF EIGHT HOURS. ONE RANCHER - WHO IS ALSO A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER - SAYS THE SOIL IS  VERY SANDY.  WITHIN TWO DAYS OF THE FIRE, MOST TRACES OF IT WERE NOT  VISIBLE BECAUSE OF DRIFTING AND BLOWING SAND.   THE PASTURES BLEW SO MUCH THAT THEY HAD TO USE ROAD GRADERS AND  SNOW PLOWS TO KEEP COUNTY ROADS OPEN SO HAY DROPS COULD BE MADE. NOEL BRENNAN FROM KUSA IN DENVER TAKES US THERE. CATTLE ARE CATTLE. FAMILIES, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, IRREPLACEABLE KYLE MCCONNELL HAD CATTLE GRAZING A COUPLE MILES AWAY FROM WHERE  HAY BALES STILL BURN.... THE CATTLE WERE ON HIS NEIGHBORS LAND THAT HE RENTED. THE GRASS FIRE  CONSUMED MUCH OF HIS NEIGHBORS PROPERTY INCLUDING HIS HOME. IT BURNED AWAY CROPS AND GRASS, LEAVING DUST AND DIRT TO SWIRL AND  BLOW INT HE WIND. AS THE DUST CLEARED IN THE SKY YOU COULD MAKE OUT  THE DEVASTATION INT HE DISTANCE ALL THE CATTLE KYLE MCCONNELL LOSTWE PERONSLLY LOST 184 HEAD OF CATTLE. OUR LOSS MONETARILY IS  SIGNIFICANT. OUR NEIGHBORS WHO LOST THEIR OUT BUILINGS THEIR HOMES,  UNIMAGINABLE.RIGHT NOW THERE 'S AN IMMEDIATE NEED FO HAY, FEED AND FENCING SUPPLIES. THE COLORADO CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION IS TAKING IN DONATIONS.

GARDINER RANCH
THE EPICENTER OF THE KANSAS FIRE WAS CLARK COUNTY--WHERE SOME 50  PERCENT OF THE LANDMASS BURNED. IT'S CONSIDERED CATTLE COUNTRY AND IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST  RECONGNIZABLE ANGUS BREEDERS IN THE  COUNTRY...THE GARDNIER RANCH. BETSY JIBBEN SPENT THE DAY AT THE RANCH AND BETSY YOU SAW FIRST HAND  THE IMPACT THIS WILL HAVE ON THAT OPERATION. CLINTON THIS FAMILY HAS BEEN THROUGH DROUGHTS, THEY'VE BEEN THROUGH  BLIZZARDS--THEY GOT 60 INCHES OF SNOW IN 1992.  BUT THIS FIRE WILL GO  DOWN AS THE MOST CHALLENGING IN 5 GENERATIONS IT'S NOW DAYS BEFORE SALE TIME AND THE GARDINER ANGUS RANCH IS BUSY… "OUR APRIL SALE IS THE LARGEST SALE WE HAVE OF THE YEAR," BUT THIS YEAR, THE GARDINERS ARE LUCKY THEY HAVE A SALE AT ALL.   "THIS OLD HAT AND I, YEAH, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH QUITE A BIT THIS LAST WEEK," THE USUSAL LUSH GREEN GRASS NORMALLY COVERING THE GARDINER ANGUS  RANCH. REPLACED BY THE BLACK CHARRED REMAINS OF A ONCE PRISTINE PRAIRIE.  THE PASTURES AND WHAT'S LEFT ON IT NOTHING BUT ASHES AND BLOWING  SAND.  "NONE OF US THOUGHT THE FIRE HAD THIS TYPE OFF BREATH AND SCOPE TO IT. AND IT COULD DO WHAT IT  DID. THIS IS JUST SOMETHING WE'VE NEVER EVER SEEN IN OUR LIFETIME,"THAT DAY, GREG GARDINER WAS OUT OF TOWN, RUSHING TO GET BACK TO THE  RANCH TO SAVE WHAT HE COULD. "MY WIFE WAS SOMEWHAT NERVOUS AND I SAID YOU DO NOT WANT TO EVACULATE, THERE'S NO WHERE  TO RUN TO BUT YOU'RE GOING TO BE OK, YOU WILL IVE IF YOU STAY IN THESE WHEAT PASTURES,"GREG APPROACHED HIS BROTHER MARK'S HOME - NOW IN RUINS. "THAT WAS MY LAST VISUAL CONTACT WITH THEM. THEN IT WAS LIKE THE WORLD PUT A BLIND FOLD OVER  YOU,"PANIC KICKED IN - "THIS IS THE LOCATION THAT I DROVE IN THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE WITH MY PICKUP AND TRAILER," TODAY, THE SKELETAL REMAINS OF TREES  AND HAY BALES OF ASH "THIS IS THE TREE BELT AS I DROVE OFF HERE WAS ALL ON FIRE AS I CAME OUT WITH THE PICKUP AND  TRAILER. BUT YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WITH THE TREE BELT AND FENCE. IF THIS AREA WOULD HAVE BEEN  BLOCKED OFF, NONE OF THE REST OF MY FAMILY WOULD HAVE GOT OUT,""THESE WOULD HAVE BEEN ROUND BALE STACKS, AND THAT ALL WAS BURNT."GREG TURNED AROUND AND LEFT.  "I'VE TRIED TO CONDUCT MY LIFE, YOU RIDE TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS AND YOU GO TO IT. I WAS SO  ASHAMED THAT DAY WHEN I TURNED AND RAN,"BUT HE HAD NO CHOICE. THE FLAMES WERE COMING.  IT WAS A  HALF HOUR BEFORE HE FOUND OUT HIS BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY  WERE SAFE. "IT'S ONLY BY GOD'S HELP THAT HAPPENED. IF YOU DON'T THINK GOD WASN'T THERE, THINK AGAIN, HE  WAS,"HIS LIVESTOCK WERE NOT SO FORTUNATE.  THE GARDINER'S LOST ROUGHLY 500 HEAD OF CATTLE ON THEIR 48-THOUSAND  ACRE RANCH.  SOME DIED IN THE FIRE, OTHERS WOUNDED SO BADLY, THE GARDINERS WERE  UNABLE TO SAVE THEM. THE CATTLE WEREN'T INSURED.  "SEVERAL PEOPLE ASK ME, 'HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?'""THE FACT THAT MY FAMILY IS ALIVE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE. THAT'S WHAT'S ALLOWED ME TO  DISCONNECT,"THE CATTLE IN THESE PENS ARE SOME OF THE SURVIVORS - APPROXIMATELY 20  HEAD  - REMINENTS OF ROUGHLY 240 IN A PASTURE NEAR THE INFERNO- ALL  "THERE ARE BURNT HIDES, THAT DANGLING THING IS NOT AN EAR-RING BUT A MELTED EAR TAG ON HER  EAR,"YET, THE GARDINERS HAVE A LEGACY- KNOWN AS A PREMIER ANGUS BREEDER IN  THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.  GARDINER'S DONOR COWS SURVIVED DURING THE FIRE HELPING SAVE MULTIPLE  GENERATIONS OF GENETICS.  "IF WE WOULD HAVE LOST THESE GENETIC PACKAGES, WE'D BE UP THE RIVER,""I EXPECT TWO TO THREE YEARS IN THAT PROGRAM WE CAN GET OUR NUMBERS BACK UP RELATIVELY  QUICKLY,"WHAT'S ALSO GETTING THEM BACK UP QUICKLY- IS THE HELP OF STRANGERS.... AND FRIENDS...  "YOU ALRIGHT, GREG? I'M ALRIGHT MAN. I AM. DID WE LAND ON THE MOON?"IT'S WHAT RURAL AMERICA DOES FOR EACH OTHER  "THIS IS THE ANSWER TO A LOT OF BLESSINGS RIGHT HERE." FRIEND: "IT'S NOT MUCH." GREG: "OH, IT'S MUCH, PARTNA." AND THE RESILIANCE OF GENERATIONS THE GARDINER FAMILY ALREADY  PREPPING FOR THE FUTURE... AND LIKE THE SOUTHERN PLAINS.. EVEN FIRE CAN'T CHANGE EVERY  FOUNDATION <SHOW GREG AGAIN AND THAT HA.

TEASE
STILL TO COME - WE FOLLOW A VETERINARIAN AS HE HELPS RANCHERS COPE  WITH LIVESTOCK LOSSES.  PLUS WITNESS THE GOODNESS OF STRANGERS....AS  DONATIONS ROLL-IN TO THE HARD-HIT REGIONS OF THE PLAINS.

 

TEXAS FIRES
AS THE WIND-WHIPPED FIRES TORE THROUGH THE TEXAS PANHANDLE, THREE  FRIENDS - INCLUDING THIS YOUNG COUPLE - ATTEMPTED TO STEER CATTLE  TOWARDS SAFETY.  SADLY - CODY CROCKETT, WHO WAS JUST 20. AND HIS  GIRLFRIEND, SYDNEY WALLACE, JUST 23, WERE OVERCOME BY FIRE AND SMOKE. A FRIEND - SLOAN EVERETT - WHO WAS TRYING TO HELP WAS ALSO OVERCOME.   THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SAYS THE THREE WERE ALL FOUND CLOSE TO  EACH OTHER.A FOURTH PERSON DIED IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE - 25 YEAR OLD CADE COOK  AS ATTEMPTED TO DRIVE HOME. CADE HAD JUST FOUND OUT, HE WAS GOING TO BE A FATHER FOR THE FIRST  TIME. THOSE WEREN'T THE ONLY LIVES LOST, BUT THE TRAGIC DEATHS OF CODY,  SYDNEY AND SLOAN - AS THEY ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE LIVESTOCK - HELPS  SYMBOLIZE THE DEDICATION AND RESILIENCE OF RANCHERS... ED WOLFF WITH THE TEXAS FARM BUREAU HAS MORE. CONSUMED.  ALMOST HALF A MILLION ACRES OF TEXAS TURNED TO ASH.  WILDFIRES SWEPT ACROSS THE  TEXAS PANHANDLE.  AN UNRELENTING FORCE.  DEVASTATING ALL IN ITS PATH.   "IT WAS PANIC AT FIRST | I HAD MY WIFE AND OUR TWO GIRLS PACKED UP AND GET IN THE TRUCK...AND THEY WENT TO MCLEAN TO OUR AUNTS HOUSE.  ...... MY DAD AND MY BROTHER AND I WERE| OUT HERE TRYING TO HELP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WHERE WE  COULD AND MOVE CATTLE AROUND TO TRY TO GET OUT OF THE PATH OF THE FIRE." THE LEFORS EAST FIRE BURNED ABOUT 135,000 ACRES.  TRENT RUNS CATTLE ON 600 OF THEM.  HIS ONCE GRASS COVERED PASTURES ARE NOW A BLACK WASTELAND.  HE WAS ABLE TO SAVE HIS  CATTLE.  PLUS HIS DAD'S AND HIS NEIGHBORS.  OTHERS WEREN'T SO LUCKY.   80 MILES NORTH NEAR CANADIAN THE LARGEST OF THE 3 FIRES, THE PERRYTON FIRE, DEVOURED 38 MILES  OF LAND FROM WEST TO EAST.  RAVAGING 4 COUNTIES.  IT'S THE 3RD LARGEST SINGLE FIRE IN TEXAS  HISTORY.  OVER 318,000 ACRES GONE.  "I WAS IN TOWN WHEN WE SAW THE FIRES STARTING.   THE HELICOPTER WITH WATER BUCKETS CAME OVER THE HOUSE CALLED AND SAID YOUR WIFE IS RUNNING  AROUND BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND THE BARN.  SHE NEEDS TO GET OUT.  MY WIFE WAS TRYING TO GET TO  THE PICKUP.  THAT DIDN'T WORK.  IT WAS BURNING ACROSS THE ROAD ALREADY.  SHE WAS TRYING TO RUN  DOWN TO THE BARN THE METAL BUILDING.  SHE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE BETTER THAN GOING OUT INTO IT." WHEN CHRIS GOT HOME THE FIRE WAS BURNING CORNER TO CORNER ACROSS HIS PROPERTY.  THE FIRST  CHANCE HE HAD, HE DROVE THROUGH THE FIRE TO HIS FAMILY.  THE FLAMES LITERALLY AT HIS DOORSTEP.   THEY WAITED IT OUT.  5 HOURS LATER THINGS CALMED DOWN.  EVERYONE WAS OK.  HIS HOUSE WAS  STILL STANDING.  BUT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE WAS LOST.  INCLUDING 36 HEAD OF CATTLE.   LIKE MANY HE WONDERS WHERE TO GO FROM HERE. "WELL WE DON'T KNOW.  RIGHT NOW I'VE GOT MORE HAY THAN I HAVE CATTLE I KNOW THAT MUCH.   THANKS TO PEOPLE I'VE NEVER MET."   ALMOST AS SOON AS THE FIRES IGNITED, FELLOW FARMERS & RANCHERS ACROSS THE STATE WANTED TO  HELP.  THE MOST IMMEDIATE NEED WAS HAY.  WHICH STARTED FLOWING INTO PANHANDLE  COMMUNITIES BY THE SEMI LOADS.  "ABOUT DAYBREAK GOT THE TRUCK OUT THERE BY THE HAY PILE AND GOT THE TRACTOR AND STARTED  LOADING.I LEFT WAXAHACHIE ABOUT 9:30 THIS MORNING.  GOT HERE ABOUT 4:30 THIS AFTERNOON.  "ITS JUST WHAT NEIGHBORS DO FOR EACH OTHER WE MAY BE 400 MILES APART BUT I STILL CONSIDER US  NEIGHBORS."IN ONLY A WEEK, DONATION SITES LIKE THIS ONE IN LIPSCOMB HAVE BEEN FLOODED WITH HAY.  SO  MUCH THEY'RE NOT TAKING ANYMORE.  AT LEAST NOT RIGHT NOW.  BUT HELP IS STILL NEEDED.  FENCING SUPPLIES AND MONETARY DONATIONS WILL  HELP RANCHERS TRAVEL THE LONG ROAD AHEAD.   "WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT AGRICULTURE AS A COMMUNITY IT'S A LOVING COMMUNITY THAT CARES FOR  PEOPLE.  PEOPLE THAT WHEN THEY'RE IN A TIME OF NEED THEIR NEIGHBORS ARE GOING TO STEP UP AND  HELP THEM." AS BAD AS IT IS, IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE.  IF NOT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINE,  BATTLING THE BLAZE. TEXAS A&M FORREST SERVICE, TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE, PAID DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTEER  FIREFIGHTERS.  ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES AND COMMUNITIES.   "THE VOLUNTEERS DO THE LION SHARE OF THE WORK.  THEY INVITE UP TO COME HELP.  WE WORK IN  UNIFIED COMMAND WITH THEM.  WE'VE HAD CREWS OUT ALL DAY SO HOPEFULLY THAT HAS REDUCED  THEM HAVING TO DO ALL THE WORK AND LET THEM GO BACK TO THEIR JOBS."   ALL 3 FIRES ARE NOW 100 PERCENT CONTAINED.  AND THE RECOVERY BEGINS.  IT WILL TAKE TIME.  AND  SOME HELP FROM MOTHER NATURE.  BUT TEXAS RANCHERS WILL RISE FROM THE ASHES. FOR THE TEXAS  FARM BUREAU, ED WOLFF, LIPSCOMB.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TELL YOU WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION  ON HELPING THE MEN AND WOMAN IMPACTED BY THIS BLAZE. PLUS,  HOW A BASKETBALL GAME BECAME A SYMBOL OF COMMUNITY AND  RESILIENCE. THE FIRES DESTROYED MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND MILES OF FENCING…. MOST  OF IT UNINSURED…..COSTING UP TO 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MILE TO REPLACE. JOIN THE MILLION DOLLAR WILDFIRE RELIEF CHALLENGE WHERE THE FUNDS  WILL GO DIRECTLY TO HELP REBUILD FENCING EITHER THROUGH MATERIALS OR  LABOR --LEARN MORE AT WILDFIRE RELIEF FUND DOT ORG. AGDAY - BROUGHT TO YOU BY RESICORE HERBICIDE FOR CORN.  WITH A UNIQUELY POWERFUL  FORMULATION OF PROVEN INGREDIENTS, RESICORE GIVES YOU EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WEEDS.  LEARN MORE AT POWEROVERWEEDS.COM. 

HAY TO WILDFIRE RELIEF
SHORTLY AFTER THE FIRES, HELP CAME POURING IN.  CONVOYS OF HAY ROLLED  INTO THE COMMUNITIES. BUT OTHER HELP CAME IN THE FORM OF HELPING  HANDS. ONE OF THOSE WHO STEPPED-UP IS DOCTOR RANDALL SPARE - A VETERINARIAN  IN CLARK COUNTY, KANSAS.SPARE EXAMINED COUNTLESS HEADS OF LIVESTOCK WHO GOT CAUGHT-UP IN  THE RUNAWAY FIRE. SOME CATTLE COULD BE SAVED. BUT OTHERS HAD TO BE PUT DOWN - TO END  THE SUFFERING. "SO IT'S HARD TO ASSESS THE PERCENTAGE OF THE CATTLE THAT NEED TO BE PUT TO SLEEP  BECAUSE SOME RANCHES I  DON'T KNOW WHY SOME OF THEM DIDN'T DIE THAT SHOULD  HAVE DIED  AND WHY SOME OF THEM LIVED THAT SHOULD HAVE LIVED. I DON'T KNOW WHY. ONLY GOD KNOWS," "THAT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO RELIEVE PAIN AND SUFFERING. THAT'S A HARSH PART OF OUR JOB BUT  THAT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY. THERE'S A VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT WE WERE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO RULE  OVER THE ANIMALS. I'VE ALWAYS TAKEN THAT TO HEART. THAT'S WHAT WE DO."DR. SPARES HOME WAS IN THE PATH OF THE WILDFIRE. BUT A NEIGHBORING  FARMER CUT A FIRE BREAK TO SAVE THE STRUCTURE. AND WHILE HIS HOME WAS  PROTECTED, DOCTOR SPARE TOLD US HE DID LOSE SOME CATTLE. WHILE HE GAVE HELP TO HURT AND INJURED LIVESTOCK--OTHERS WERE  LOADING UP HAY--INCLUDING THIS LOAD FROM MICHIGAN. ONE GROUP TOOK 300 BALES OF HAY ON SIX SEMI-TRAILERS TRAVELED THE 11- HUNDRED MILE JOURNEY TO ASHLAND, KANSAS...AND THEN ANOTHER 200 MILES  SOUTH TO THE TEXAS PANHANDLE. MATT SCHALLER IS A TRUCK DRIVER FOR BELL FARMS IN DURAND, MICHIGAN, HE  COORDINATED THE HAY DRIVE AFTER HEARING ABOUT THE YOUNG TEXAS  COUPLE WHO DIED WHILE TRYING TO SAVE LIVESTOCK. "I READ THIS STORY OF A YOUNG COUPLE THAT PASSED AWAY DOWN IN TEXAS  TRYING TO SAVE CATTLE AND HORSES FROM THE FIRES AND I'D SEEN A FRIEND  OF MINE OFFER HIS TRUCK UP TO HAUL HAY DOWN THERE HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY  HAY CONNECTIONS SO I MADE SOME CALLS TO SOME OF MY FRIENDS HERE AND  WE WERE ABLE TO ROUND UP A BUNCH OF HAY TO HAUL DOWN TO TEXAS." THEY CAME UP WITH 300 ROUND BALES, MULTIPLE PALATES OF MILK REPLACER  FOR CALVES, AND FENCING....FOR PEOPLE THEY DON'T KNOW. HELP HAS BEEN PLENTIFUL SINCE THE FIRES...BUT MORE IS NEEDED. THAT'S WHY  WE'RE PARTNERING WITH THE WORKING RANCH COWBOYS ASSOCIATION--A  RESPECTED NATIONAL NONPROFIT DEDICATED TO HELPING RANCH COWBOYS  AND THEIR FAMILIES IN TIMES OF NEED. GO TO WILD FIRE RELIEF FUND .ORG TO LEARN MORE.

OKLAHOMA FARM IMPACTED BY FIRE
RUSTY AND JENNIFER COLTEN LIVE AND RANCH IN HARPER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA.  JENNIFER'S GREAT GRANDPARENTS HOMESTEADED HERE IN THE OKLAHOMA  PANHANDLE...IT'S BEEN IN THE FAMILY EVER SINCE. FOR THREE DAYS THEY WATCHED AS THE FIRE SCORCHED THEIR GRAZING  LAND...AND TOOK SOME OF THEIR HERD. THE COLTEN'S SHARE THEIR STORY - IN THEIR OWN WORDS. AFTER THE FIRE EVERYTHING WAS IS PRETTY MUCH GONE AND ITS  DEVASTATING. IT'S HARD TO WAKE UP AND LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE OR WHAT  YOU DON'T HAVE. RIGHT AWAY EVERYBODY THEY JUST STARTED SENDING IN  SUPPLIES YOU KNOW PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN OUT OF STATE EVERYWHERE  THEY WAS COMING IN AND HELP WAS COMING NEIGHBORS TO HELP FEED THE  CATTLE AND TAKE CARE OF THE INJURED CATTLE. IT 'S HARD TO PUT IN  WORDS  THE SIDE OF THIS IT 'S OVERWHELMING THE GENEROSITY OF THE OF THE  PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES. TO LIVE OUT HERE YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT AND YOU  HAVE TO REALLY APPRECIATE THE DIFFERENCES SOMEONE WHO'S NOT FROM  HERE YOU KNOW MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND LIKE WHY DON'T YOU JUST MOVE BUT  YOU GUYS LOVE IT HERE ITS OURS WE HAVE WORKED AND BUILT OUR NOT ONLY  OUR RELATIONSHIP BUT WE HAVE BUILT A FAMILY HERE WE BUILT  WE TOOK WHAT  WE HAD. WE MADE IT BETTER AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT BETTER.  IT 'S A  CHOICE ITS NOT ALL SOMETHING THAT WAS FORCED ON US. IT 'S A LIFESTYLE AND JUST THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES COMING TOGETHER LIKE THEY  HAVE AND FOCUSING ON THE WELLNESS OF EVERYBODY IS ONE OF THE  REASONS I WANT. MY CHILDREN RAISED RIGHT HERE. THESE LAST COUPLE  WEEKS WE BOTH OF OUR GIRLS HAVE SEEN US DOWN ON THE MAT AND THEY  SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET BACK UP IF YOU HAVE TIME TO DUST OFF YOU DO. IF  YOU DON'T YOU SHRIVEL UP AND GO BACK IN  YOU HAVE NO.. NEIGHBORS  WILL...EVERYTHING WILL GO FORWARD EVERYBODY WILL PITCH IN AND WE'LL ALL  GET ALONG.

TEASE
EVERYBODY IS WILLING TO DO WHAT THEY CAN DO AND THAT 'S  ENOUGH AND GOD WILL TAKE IT FROM THERE. WE HAVE FAITH THAT GOD WILL  TAKE IT FROM HERE. GET THE ROOTS YOUR CROPS NEED, BY GETTING RADIATE FIRST.  VISIT LOVELAND PRODUCTS.COM  SLASH RADIATE.  SEE YOUR CPS DEALER TODAY. 

CLARK COUNTY BASKETBALL GAME
IN RURAL COMMUNITIES - FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL OR SATURDAY NIGHT  BASKETBALL AT THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL DRAWS PEOPLE TOGETHER TO CHEER- ON THEIR FAVORITE SQUAD. IN ASHLAND KANSAS IT'S NO DIFFERENT. ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THE FIRE TORE THROUGH CLARK AND COMANCHE  COUNTIES, THE ASHLAND HIGH BLUE JAYS BASKETBALL TEAM WAS ON THE  COURT, COMPETING IN THE KANSAS STATE TOURNAMENT.  IN SMALL TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA, MAKING IT TO STATE IS ALL CONSUMING AT  THIS TIME OF YEAR. AND AT A TIME WHEN PLAYERS, CHEERLEADERS AND FANS - IN THIS TOWN - HAD  WILDFIRE ON THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS, THE SPARK OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT  ENERGIZED AND GALVANIZED THEIR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER. GREG GARDINER - WHO'S BROTHER IS THE HEAD VARSITY COACH - WAS AT THE  GAME, DESPITE THE LOSSES ON THE FARM....SUPPORTING THE TEAM AND AS HE SPOKE THE FEELINGS FROM THAT NIGHT  IN THE GYM WASHED OVER  HIM ONCE MORE. "MY BROTHER IS A LOCAL BASKETBALL COACH AND THE TEAM QUALIFIED TO GO TO THE STATE  TOURNAMENT IN BASKETBALL. A LOT OF US ARE TIRED OF LOOKING AT THE CARNAGE AND DEALING WITH  EVERYTHING. AND THURSDAY NIGHT THE COMMUNITY WENT UP THERE. WE GOT TO SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE  AND EACH OTHER UP THERE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TELL SOME OF THE STORIES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS,  THAT WAS A TRIGGER ON ME IS WHEN THEY PLAYED OUR LOCAL FIGHT SONG. AND ONCE AGAIN, THAT WAS  THE SPIRIT OF OUR COMMUNITY, BANDING TOGETHER, AND LIKE I SAID BEFORE, YOU RIDE TO THE SOUND OF  THE GUNS AND YOU DON'T GIVE UP.AND A LOT OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL, WE LEARNED THROUGH SPORTS AND  THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT WE'VE WON. DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION,"

CLOSE
AND EVEN THOUGH ASHLAND FELL SHORT ON THIS QUEST...IT'S HARD NOT TO  IMAGINE THE LIFE LESSONS THESE YOUNGSTERS LEARNED... DEFEAT IS NOT AN OPTION. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR,  HONOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICE AND NEVER EVER GIVE UP. TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT EXPERIENCE THIS TRAGEDY--WE WILL NEVER  FULLY UNDERSTAND. BUT WE CAN SUPPORT YOU...WE CAN LIFT YOU UP...WE CAN RALLY TOGETHER-- AGRICULTURE IS A COMMUNITY, A FAMILY.  WE'RE HERE AND READY TO HELP. THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. PLEASE JOIN DROVERS AND THE FARM JOURNAL  FOUNDATION IN THE MILLION DOLLAR WILDFIRE RELIEF CHALLENGE.  THROUGH  THE GENEROSITY OF THE HOWARD G BUFFETT FOUNDATION, YOUR HELP WILL BE  MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR UP TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS.  GO TO WILDFIRE  RELIEF FUND DOT ORG TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP AMERICA'S CATTLE  COUNTRY REBUILD. 

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