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Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma Help Aid Wildfire Victims - Now Collecting Donations

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:16:17 CDT

Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma Help Aid Wildfire Victims - Now Collecting Donations Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, along with the other Oklahoma Farm Credit Associations, recently announced plans to aid those affected by the wildfires that have devastated many areas of northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma panhandle.

With help from other Farm Credit associations, CoBank and area individuals and companies, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma has set up a fund to support fire victims and rural fire departments alike. Total donations to date, including fuel cards, are at $35,500.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families. The four Farm Credit Associations in Oklahoma - Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Oklahoma Ag Credit, Farm Credit of Enid, and AgPreference along with CoBank, have come together and have taken immediate action to assist with rural fire departments, hay haulers and farm families to hopefully give financial help. We realize they have a long road ahead, but Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are resilient, hard-working people, and they will survive this,” said John Grunewald, CEO of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma.

Donations to the fund can be made by anyone at any of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma’s seven branches - Woodward, Guymon, Alva, Elk City, Clinton, Anadarko and Tuttle.

In addition to the fund for donations, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma has also rolled out a loan program specifically for wildfire victims. With the idea in mind that operators affected by the fires may be in need of immediate operating money, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma has set up a loan program with 0% interest for six months which will help provide quick, immediate funds for operating needs.

“We understand there will most likely be government aid for those suffering losses of this tragedy; however, we also understand that, for many, operating funds are needed now. That is where we can help,” said Grunewald. “The Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma Board of Directors approved this program and told us to do whatever it takes to help these farm families.”

Donations can be made payable to - 2017 Fire Loss Fund.

Donations can be mailed to the following Farm Credit office:

Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma
c/o 2017 Fire Loss Fund
3302 Williams Ave.
Woodward, OK 73801

Source - Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma



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