AFR Speaks with Local Among the Wildfires About Devastation, Emphasizes Farmers' Need for HayWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:39:46 CDT
Sam Knipp of American Farmers & Ranchers reached out to AFR Insurance Agent and rancher Pam Livingston of Seiling, Okla. who shared her experiences this past week dealing with the ongoing wildfire situation in northwest Oklahoma.
According to Livingston, there has been a large amount of livestock lost in the area. Livingston says she has several family members in the vicinity that have lost livestock including her father who lost 37 pairs and a bull. She herself was forced to evacuate from her home last Friday but thanked the emergency responders who have worked tirelessly to contain the fires.
“The fire… it’s just been an inferno and I can’t say how extremely fortunate we are to have the firemen that came in from all over the state,” she said. “They’ve just been amazing.”
As Oklahoma’s ag community rallies to aid in the recovery process, Livingston says the most immediate need right now for farmers is hay.
“A lot of farmers didn’t have a lot of hay in stock,” she said. “I’m going to say pretty much every bit of their grass is burned up. Until it rains and we can get some green grass, I think hay for our farmers is one thing that is needed - and fencing supplies. It’s going to be one of those deals again where there is thousands of miles probably of fence that need to be redone.”
For information on how you can help farmers and ranchers in need of hay, click or tap here to jump to an earlier article on how to coordinate with local Extension Agent Dana Bay. To listen to Livingston's full interview with Knipp, click or tap the LISTEN BAR below.
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