Donations and assistance continues to pour in to families devastated by the March 6 wildfires that destroyed more than 700,000 acres of land, homes and livestock in Kansas.
Cargill is the latest donator $50,000 worth of fencing materials to ranchers and farmers hit by the fire.
"We know there are a lot of cattle producers that lost herds, buildings, fences and grazing land, and it’s their hard work that helps us produce beef enjoyed by Americans and people around the world," said Casey Mabry, strategic supply manager in Cargill’s cattle procurement team in a press release.
"When we contacted the Kansas Livestock Association, they told us what was needed more than anything is fencing materials to rebuild what was lost to fire.
"We knew time was of the essence and that we needed to help as much as we could, as quickly as possible."
More than 100,000 miles of fencing had been destroyed or damaged by the wildfires.
Late last week after seeing the news coverage of the losses, Christina Taylor, associate brand manager in Cargill’s beef marketing team, first proposed helping the ranchers.
The donation was instantly approved by the Cargill protein leadership team.
"In Dodge City, we have a large beef processing facility that employs 2,400 Kansans and harvests cattle from some of the ranchers impacted by last week’s fires," said Taylor. "Helping those who are part of our beef supply chain is the right thing to do – it’s part of our DNA at Cargill and it’s gratifying to know we could help those who lost so much rebuild their lives."
Two semi-tractor-trailer loads of fencing materials from a supplier in Chanute were purchased by the Cargill Wichita team that were delivered Tuesday to the Ashland area for relief efforts.
The fencing materials will be distributed to local ranchers in Ashland.
The Dodge City Cargill team is also providing support to two beef processing plant employees who also lost their homes.
"Our mission to nourish people, animals and the planet in a safe, responsible and sustainable way sometimes means lending a hand to people in need, and that’s exactly what we’re doing in western Kansas," said Taylor.
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