Wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres in 21 counties. In an effort to help, Kansas Farm Bureau is offering to connect those who need help with those who can provide it. This page will be updated with more information and resources as they become available.
Click on a link below or scroll down to find the following sections:
- CRP Exchange
- Offering or requesting assistance
- Additional Resources
- YF&R Fire Relief Fund
- Donate to the Kansas Livestock Foundation
USDA has authorized emergency grazing on CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) lands for producers who suffered grazing land damage from wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The authorization allows livestock grazing of CRP across the entire state for up to 90 days, including the primary nesting season, to provide relief to ranchers impacted by the recent wildfires. CRP-CP25 acres cannot be grazed.
If you would like to offer CRP acres for grazing, please click on this link to provide your information. If you are looking for acres, indicate which offer you would like to accept.
Offering or requesting assistance
Kansas Farm Bureau is once again helping to connect those in need with those offering assistance.
For those in need: Click the button below and fill out the form detailing your need and KFB staff will attempt to pair you with someone offering the assistance you need.
For those offering assistance: Click this button and you will be added to the list of people offering assistance to those affected by the fires. Thank you in advance for your generous offer of time and talents.
Sales tax refund on fencing materials - Kansas Department of Revenue webpage includes details on the sales tax refund for fencing material used to reconstruct agricultural fences destroyed by the 2016 and 2017 wildfires through an exemption and refund program.
KDA Website Resources - Kansas Wildfire Recovery Resources includes details regarding federal disaster assistance programs.
Important things for producers to remember:
- DOCUMENT EVERYTHING – documentation of your death loss now is the key to getting help once the crisis is over. This can include photos, videos, sale receipts, calving records, veterinarian records, etc. – anything that documents how many animals you had and how many were lost.
- Visit with your local USDA service center for complete details for program eligibility and to make sure you are getting access to any and all applicable programs.
Emergency use of CRP acreage - Emergency use of CRP acreage is authorized for Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Meade, Ness, Rooks, Russell and Seward counties. Livestock may be temporarily moved to land enrolled in CRP for no more than 30 days, as approved by the county office, on a case-by-case basis. This only applies to producers who lost pasture or fences due to wildfires. It expires April 1, 2017. This does not allow for emergency grazing of CRP acres.
Insured Wheat Crop – The short-rate deadline for winter wheat acres has been moved from March 15 to March 24. If you think the fire destroyed the crop, or moving cows to wheat would require your wheat crop to go from grain production to cattle feed, you MUST contact your crop insurance agent by the March 24 deadline.
Animal Disposal – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has approved disposal sites and can assist farmers and ranchers who have lost livestock. The KDHE encourages those who have lost livestock in the wildfires to contact their county emergency management or contact Ken Powell, Compliance and Enforcement, Waste Reduction and Assistance Section Chief for the Bureau of Waste Management, at (785) 296-1121 or Ken.Powell@ks.gov .
K-State Research and Ext - "Management Following Wildfire"
A newly revised version of Management Following Wildfire, K-State Research and Extension publication L514, has just been published and is now available online. The author is Walt Fick, Range Management Specialist.
Colbert Hills Kansas Fire Relief Day - April 20
Colbert Hills will donate 15% of food and beverage revenue and 10% of golf revenue to help the farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires. Download this flyer for more information.
YF&R Fire Relief Fund
You can help young and beginning farmers and ranchers impacted by fires in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado rebuild. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a generous donation of $50,000 from Monsanto.
To apply for assistance from the YF&R Fire Relief fund:
- Applications are due on or before May 31, 2017
- Click here for a MS Word version of the application that can be completed, saved, and emailed back.
- Click here for a PDF version of the application that can be printed and completed by hand.
- Return completed applications to: Vickie Hoover, Operations Manager, Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, 2627 KFB Plaza, Manhattan, KS 66503, firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 785-587-6614.
Donate to the Kansas Livestock Foundation
Kansas Farm Bureau is working with the Kansas Livestock Association as they organize hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115. Cash donations will be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA’s charitable arm. Funds generated through donations to the Kansas Livestock Foundation will be used to support ranchers impacted by the fires.
To mail in a donation check: Checks can be mailed to the Kansas Livestock Foundation at 6031 SW 37th St., Topeka, KS 66614. “Fire relief fund” should be written in the memo line.
To apply for funds, click here. The deadline to apply for KLA funds in May 15th.
- Hay & Fencing Delivery Coordination
- Neal and Jeff Kay at Ashland Feed and Seed are coordinating.
- All deliveries go to 1975 County Road U in Ashland (on the south end of Main Street on the south end of town).
- Call before heading out: 620-635-5001 or 620-635-0072.
- Clark County Volunteer Labor Coordination
- Contact Clark County Farm Bureau coordinator Jodeen Leaming-Udovich at 620-338-1347.
- Animal Care Needs
- The Ashland Veterinary Center is coordinating donations of livestock needs such as tanks and portable corrals.
- Nancy Brown, Kansas Farm Bureau