2017 Eastern Plains Snowstorm Relief

The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated its Disaster Relief Fund in response to the snowstorm that hit Southeast Colorado over the weekend of April 29th, killing thousands of cattle and destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of crops.     

The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has called for applications from farmers and ranchers impacted by the late spring blizzard that swept through Baca and Prowers counties, devastating crops and livestock. Any farmers and ranchers impacted by the storm who need help recovering some of their losses are urged to apply.

Since the disaster, Colorado Farm Bureau has raised more than $35,000 from partners and friends to help these producers regain some of what they have lost. Colorado Farm Bureau will distribute 100 percent of the funds raised directly to qualified applicants, aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.

While the damage from the storm is more than can completely be covered -- with millions of dollars in damage and lost revenue in a community already stressed by low commodity prices -- the funds distributed from the Foundation can help ease the burden.

*** To apply for aid, please download and fill out the application, or complete it online.  Contact shawn@coloradofb.org for any additional information. CFB will accept applications through August 31st.  

 

 


ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has many different purposes. It was originally started in 2007 to help Colorado’s farmers and ranchers deal with the devastating blizzard after it was apparent this aid like this was not available. Since then, every major natural disaster in Colorado that affects the agricultural community has been aided by our foundation. We maintain a reserve for use in immediate need at all times.

Even though the disaster fund is a large part of what the foundation does, we also support other programs such as agricultural education, young farmers and ranchers, farm safety and health, leadership programs such as 4-H, FFA and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program. We also serve to provide funding for educational programs within Colorado Farm Bureau, and to assist rural communities.

The Colorado Farm Bureau accepts monetary donations for our disaster fund when activated, and for programs year-round. Checks can be made out to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, and credit card payments can be taken online through PayPal. Please note on your donation where you want your funds to go from the following categories: Ag Education, Safety and Health or Leadership Programs.

Please contact Shawn Martini, Vice President of Advocacy at shawn@coloradofb.org for inquires about the foundation.