In early March, nearly 1.6 million acres burned in the southern Plains. Since then, the agriculture community from across the United States have helped families rebuild.
The town of Ashland, Kan. came together to thank all those who helped in a YouTube video. Members of the community share their stories of appreciation, and say although the road to recovery will be long, the rebuilding—both physically and emotionally—has begun.
“The fire has restored my faith in mankind,” said Mark Gardiner, co-owner of the Gardiner Angus Ranch. “I have a much better opinion of people than I did a month ago, realizing that people are good and that people do care.”
Shortly after the fire, AgDay reporter Betsy Jibben witnessed the devastation firsthand at the Gardiner Ranch.
They say so far, they’ve had to replace six to seven miles of fence and temporarily repaired the perimeters. They say realistically, they have another 250 miles to replace or repair.
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has challenged Drovers and the Farm Journal Foundation to help. Buffett is offering to match up to $1 million in relief and the money will go to help ranchers and farm families rebuild fencing, either through materials or helping pay for labor.
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