Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Fire Relief Fund Reaches $850,000 as Donations Keep Rolling InFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:52:16 CDT
To date, $850,000 has been donated to the Fire Relief fund set up by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a 501(c)3, to aid Oklahoma ranchers following the wildfires in early March.
“We’ve received donations literally from all over the country and contributions are still rolling in daily,” said Jeff Jaronek, Coordinator of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation.
In Oklahoma, more than 310 thousand acres burned causing a wide variety of losses to livestock, pastures, hay, fences, facilities and homes. It has been estimated that the economic impact of the fire exceed $16 million.
“The healing process will be slow, but I’m proud to be part of this industry that is quick to help each other when times are tough. We want the contributors to know that 100 percent of the fire relief donation funds will be distributed directly to ranchers affected by the wildfires,” Jaronek said.
The distribution process starts with a simple application. Documentation should be attached to completed applications, such as; USDA-FSA Form 578, USDA-FSA program applications, receipts for veterinary care, receipts/estimates for fence repair, receipts for special feed purchase, etc. The application can be accessed at www.okcattlemensfoundation.org.
“All cattle producers are eligible, and encouraged, to apply,” Jaronek said.
Applications are due May 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by a committee to distribute the funds in an equitable manner.
According to Jaronek, “Assistance checks will be issued within 90 days of the fire.”
To donate visit www.okcattlemensfoundation.org or send a check with Fire Relief in the memo to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, was founded in 1979 and is funded by personal contributions. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry and exists to support and defend the state and nation's beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities visit www.okcattlemen.org.
Source - Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association
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