The Oklahoma Farmers Union Board of Directors announced today they will be sending donations to Nebraska farmers and ranchers hit hard by the recent floods and blizzards.
“We know what it is like to suffer from natural disasters,” said Scott Blubaugh, OFU Foundation president. “Farmers and others have helped us recover from devastating wildfires in recent years and now it’s our turn to help those in need.”
Damage to grain storage bins, livestock killed by rising waters and destroyed barns and residences account for much of the damage as officials estimate losses from the storms will top $1 billion.
“We’re concerned now with taking care of the surviving livestock,” Blubaugh said. “They are in desperate need of hay and other types of livestock feed.”
“The losses will continue to mount as farmers will be kept out of the fields for many weeks, leading to delayed spring planting,” Blubaugh said.
The Oklahoma farm leader said this is in addition to roads, bridges and the entire rural infrastructure that has been destroyed.
“It’s hard to imagine the total damage and the suffering our Nebraska colleagues are enduring,” Blubaugh said.
Donations can be sent to the Farmers Union Foundation, Inc., C/O Paul Jackson, Attn: Nebraska Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 24000, Oklahoma City, OK 73124