Saddle Up With Us for Wildfire Relief

April 22, 2017 02:38 AM
Wildfire destruction

Drovers and Farm Journal Foundation join Howard G. Buffett Foundation to aid ranchers 

The recovery effort continues across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, where historic March wildfires destroyed more than 1.6 million acres. 

Ranching families and businesses are working to rebuild, and they’ve received an outpouring of help from the ranching communities across the U.S. Hay, fencing supplies and simple elbow grease contributions have shown the generous spirit of farm country. The urgent need for monetary donations, however, remains. Ranchers lost cattle, fences, homes and barns, and most of the cattle and fencing were uninsured. 

“None of us thought the fire had the breadth and scope to do what it did,” says fourth-generation cattleman Greg Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kan. It’s the love and support of friends and family that’s helping ranchers most right now, he adds. 

According to the latest estimates, as many as 18,000 miles of fence were lost in the four affected states, which will cost up to $10,000 per mile to replace. That’s a staggering $180 million for fencing alone. 

Recognizing the need, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation challenged Drovers and Farm Journal to join forces in raising money to help wildfire victims. Anyone who donates to the Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge will see their donation doubled by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The  organization has generously agreed to match donations up to $1 million.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime disaster, and ranchers will have both immediate and longer-term needs to rebuild what they’ve lost,” says Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. “We have gotten to know and become part of the ranching community in southeastern Arizona and were impressed with how quickly Arizona’s ranchers rallied to help those affected by the fires. We are pleased to partner with Drovers and the Farm Journal Foundation in this recovery effort and hope our matching contribution pledge inspires others to show their support.”

“We’re honored to partner with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to support the ranching community when they need it most,” says Charlene Finck, Chief Content Officer of Farm Journal Media. “Most importantly, every dollar donated will go directly to help those impacted by the wildfires.”

There’s much left to be done to rebuild, and the clock is ticking. The Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge ends July 31, 2017. 

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has generously agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all donations to the Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge. All donations will go directly to those impacted by the fires. You can make a tax-deductible donation online or by mail:

Wildfire Relief Challenge
c/o Farm Journal Foundation
P.O. Box 958
Mexico, MO 65265
(Make checks payable to the Farm Journal Foundation with wildfire relief in the memo line.)


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