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Kansas Department of Agriculture Offers Wildfire Resource Information

In an effort to provide a one-stop shop for farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in southcentral Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has created a page on its website to serve as a resource center for the various programs and initiatives with recovery and relief information. The page can be found here. For those who have lost fencing in the wildfire, the USDA Emergency Conservation Program can help with a 75 percent cost-share on the actual costs of replacing fence. Producers must fill out an application before building new fencing. Qualified expenses include ground preparation, removal of damaged fence, labor and fencing materials. For those who have lost livestock or livestock feed in the fire, the USDA Emergency Livestock Assistance Program can help with up to 75 percent of livestock market value for death loss. Producers must apply within 30 days at their USDA service center and documentation is required in the form of pictures, receipts or third party verification. Several other resources are also provided on the KDA website which will help those who were directly affected by the wildfire. For those who wish to help, the website offers multiple donation opportunities which are being coordinated by various agricultural organizations including Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association. For more information about the recovery and relief efforts following the wildfires in southcentral Kansas, call KDA at (785) 564-6700.

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