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CoBank Announces $150,000 Matching Fund to Support Wildfire Relief Efforts in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Posted 3/16/2017

CoBank today announced it is launching a $150,000 charitable fund to support wildfire relief efforts throughout the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Recent fires have impacted farming and ranching communities in all three states, burning hundreds of thousands of acres, destroying property and killing livestock. In Kansas, an estimated 700,000 acres have burned throughout more than 20 counties in the state’s southwest and central regions. In Oklahoma, the Forestry Service has estimated that approximately 400,000 acres have burned and a state of emergency has been declared in 22 counties. An estimated 325,000 acres have burned throughout the Texas panhandle.

“These wildfires have had a devastating impact,” said Tom Halverson, CoBank’s president and chief executive officer. "CoBank is committed to working hand-in-hand with our customers, other Farm Credit organizations and local relief agencies to support farmers, ranchers and other victims of these fires in impacted communities.” Read more...

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