Field of TEAMS Cleanup Continues- More Help NeededTue, 25 Jun 2013 06:19:23 CDT
The volunteer efforts to help farmers in Canadian County clean up from the May 31st tornado continues. Field of TEAMS is a volunteer "farmer organized" effort to clean up the ripe and ready winter wheat fields in southern and eastern Canadian County that saw debris drop in, courtesy of that EF5 tornado that ripped through that county in central Oklahoma on May 31st.
The effort is being coordinated by a pair of farm wives- Levi Clifton and Jennifer Freeman. Clifton told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays that while her farmstead was missed- she lives in Cogar and was several miles west of the wide swath of land that the tornado hit- she could quickly see the devastation the next morning as she drove in and around Union City. She approached a couple of the farmers with impacted fields- and they really had not thought about how they were going to clean up the amount of debris on so many acres dead ahead of the 2013 harvest.
Oklahoma Farm Report has done several stories on the Field of TEAMS effort- click here for one that included both audio as well video reports. and on Monday evening, June 24th, Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Clifton as she was taking some harvest photos of one of the first fields cleaned up by volunteers on US 81 just north of Union City. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their conversation to get an update on how much has been done and what needs to still be cleaned up.
Clifton told Hays that over 2,600 acres of mostly wheat has been walked thus far, with another 1,200 acres still needing to be covered. If you would like to volunteer, your help is still needed. Call Levia Clifton at 405-301-1626 for details about how you can be a part of Field of TEAMS.
We have posted some new pictures on Monday June 24 of that same field where Ron Hays first caught up with the Field of TEAMS effort- click here for that set of photos to see the results of the hard work of the volunteers.
The picture above is of some alums of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program that got together and volunteered this past weekend- the Field of TEAMS folks were especially thankful for the use of an ATV from these volunteers which helped pull a lot of the debris out of the fields as the volunteers picked it up.
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