In recent weeks, wildfires have raged across the midwest, destroying farmland, livestock, crops, and families.The inhabitants of the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and parts of Texas were put in a State of Emergency in the early days of March, and the results were damaging.
Thousands of miles and livestock have been scorched, leaving farmers and ranchers without homes and their livelihood. While this is catastrophic to farmers and communities, this will also result in higher prices for meat, vegetables and other agricultural products in the near future.
Because of the loss faced by these farmers and ranchers, groups and individuals from neighboring states have decided to do their part to help the farming community. Hundreds of loads of hay and equipment, such as fencing supplies, animal feed, or money, have been shipped to these states to help the relief. Some of Hermann’s own are preparing to make that journey as well.
Justin Schneider, a Senior at Hermann High School, is collecting donations to make a trip to Kansas over Easter break. Supported by fundraisers from the Hermann FFA chapter and local businesses, he has been able to secure supplies such as hay, fencing materials, and monetary donations.
“I saw all the other local farmers in the area doing it so I thought I would do my part and help out as well,” Schneider (12) said. “I believe this will make the clean up efforts easier on their part [in Kansas] and also make it a lot easier on their animals and their pocket books.”
The Hermann FFA chapter has placed flower pots in all classrooms of the high school for a competition to see what grade can raise the most money for the cause. The trip will take place from the 14th to the 15th of April.