Kentucky Farm Bureau taking donations for ag tornado relief
The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation is managing the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund, which will allocate financial assistance for farms damaged from the Dec. 10/11 tornadoes that ravaged the western end of Kentucky.
Donations will be used to support farmers and agribusinesses in affected areas. Donations can be made to the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund at www.gofundme.com/KyAgReliefFund.
The tornadoes killed 77 people and resulted in disaster declarations in at least 15 counties. At least five tornadoes struck the state, and as Kentuckians clean up and cope with the loss of life, many Kentucky farmers in the path of the storms are also confronted with damage to farm assets that could affect their livelihood.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, the storms resulted in destroyed approximately 30 poultry houses, as well as two hatcheries that supply almost 200 poultry producers. Grain bins where more than 5 million bushels of grain were stored had their tops ripped off, forcing producers to scramble for alternate storage. At press time, the state was still assessing how many head of livestock was lost, and livestock operations experienced extensive losses of fencing.
The University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center in Princeton near the state border with Illinois was destroyed, as well.