Editor's Notebook: Joining Forces to Help Ranchers

April 22, 2017 02:54 AM
Hay donations

The hardship of the ranch families impacted by the massive wildfires has resonated across farm country, that’s for sure. Ever since the historic March fires tore through 1.6 million acres in four states, our highways have been lined with kind strangers hauling their own hay and other donations to the affected areas. No one does kindness like farmers and ranchers.

Now the next phase begins, when those affected by the fires start the long—and expensive—process of rebuilding. When I think that a mile of fencing costs about $10,000, and that much, if not all, of the cost will come out of the pockets of producers, I wonder how they’ll manage.  

Howard G. Buffett, who is part of the ranching community in southeast Arizona, saw the need and issued Farm Journal a challenge: The Howard G. Buffett Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, all monetary donations to the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief effort up to $1 million! That means your monetary gift will be doubled. The challenge ends this July 31.

You’ll see the details about how to donate in Greg Henderson’s article, but you can also read, view and watch all past, present and future wildfire and fire-relief coverage from Farm Journal Media on a special new website, www.WildfireReliefFund.org.. You can donate there, too. The site will keep you up to date on an evolving situation that will need your support and prayers for a long time.

Be sure to catch Bob Utterback’s column. Bob has shared his wisdom with Farm Journal readers for 23 years, helping you manage risk.

Bob is shifting to the role of Farm Journal Economist Emeritus. While you won’t see his column after this issue, you will see Bob on other Farm Journal Media outlets. So, thank you, Bob, for your wisdom. And thanks in advance for continuing to share it.

We Hope to See You at One of Our Upcoming Events

Drover’s Cowboy College
June 20–21, Springfield, Mo.
Aug. 16–17, Kearney, Neb.

Farm Journal Yield Tour
July 12, Tremont, Ill.
Aug. 9, St. Johns, Mich.
Sept. 6, Omaha, Neb.

Tomorrow’s Top Producer
July 20–21, Nashville, Tenn. 

Farm Journal Corn College
July 25–26, Heyworth, Ill. 

AgPro Retailer Day
Aug. 1, Heyworth, Ill. 

Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour
Aug. 20–24 

MILK Business Conference
Nov. 6–8, Las Vegas, Nev.

Executive Women in Agriculture
Nov. 29–Dec. 1, Chicago, Ill.

Farm Journal AgTech Expo
Dec. 11–13, Indianapolis, Ind.

To learn more and register, call (877) 482-7203 or visit www.FarmJournal.com/trainings



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