AgChat Foundation Partners to Help Atlas Blizzard Victims

In an effort to bring emergency relief to ranchers affected by Winter Storm Atlas, AgChat Foundation is uniting several groups and Rancher and cow bondingorganizations. With a goal of raising $500,000, the 501(c)3 organization is able to gather donations and provide 100% of the contributions to rancher led organizations in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming, including the Rancher Relief Fund established by Black Hills Community Foundation. Funds will be equally distributed between the states.

AgChat Foundation has received the support of many agricultural organizations and agribusinesses such as American Farm Bureau Federation and Tyson Foods. Additionally, the foundation is working with rancher run organizations in South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.

While preliminary accounts are still limited, some officials believe that upwards of 60,000 head of cattle and sheep were affected in the storm. “Ranching families across the prairie are experiencing the trauma and loss like never before. The loss of livestock is shocking to the core. Our hearts are raw,” stated South Dakota rancher Jodene Shaw.  She continues on her blog, “you don’t just simply go “buy new cows” and start over. The foundation is removed. The legacy. The years. The work. The love. The faith.” She also points to the economical impact on families but strongly voices concern over the toll on ranchers’ emotional investments. Near the end of the post, Shaw reflects, “yesterday, as I saw live cattle, I wanted to wrap my arms around their neck and kiss their faces.” Search and rescue efforts have been widely inhibited due to the snow depths so full-scale ramifications of the storm may not be seen for some time.

The unified campaign has been established at the AgChat Foundation’s giving site.Ranchers caring for their cattle during Winter Storm Atlas.

As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to the Rancher Relief Fund are completely tax deductible. Additional organizations and brands are encouraged to partner in these efforts. Inquiries about partnering or giving can be directed to Executive Director, Emily Zweber at (651) 341-0430.

Comments

  1. Julie Bair says:

    We need to keep sharing and re-sharing this information on every social media site. People need to know where and how to help. Since the government is too busy being shut down (and cows don’t vote so who cares?) the rest of us need to get the word out as much as possible and help these ranchers.

    • Roger Mclaney says:

      I absolutely agree with you Ms. Bair. It is absolutely remarkable that folks aren’t aware of this disaster and getting the word out about it is the most important thing that can be done.

  2. Roger Mclaney says:

    This whole thing is terrifying. I live in New York and there hasn’t been any coverage of this in the media. I read about it in The Guardian. Why isn’t this story getting covered?

    • We are all working hard to change the lack of national media coverage. Thank you for your concern and support of the affected ranchers. ~Jenny

  3. This story is absolutely amazing especially for a Midwestern person such as my self in Missouri where we are still experiencing warm weather and rarely see that amount of snow if ever. That is great that donations are being collected and I hope that with time all affected will recover stronger than before.

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  4. kerry pay mann says:

    My family the Mann’s were original settlers of Montana and my grandfather had a ranch outside of Billings, Montana during the first 60 years of past century. He also was manager at Great Western Sugar Company in Billings. As a child in the 50′s I remember going out to the ranch and learning the hard but good life a rancher or farmer has in producing the food that Americans eat. He raised beets and wheat as well. I now live in the San Francisco East Bay area and saw the article in our newspaper . My heart broke because I know how horrible this weather was. My father’s family the Pay’s came from South Dakota mostly. I have always believed in government taxes being used for losses farmers and ranchers have that is because of weather. Only a farmer knows how weather can mean loss or profit and I cried so much when I read that rain then snow came when calves were to be sold. This is global warming and more episodes of weird weather will happen all over the world that will effect food production. I live on disability and do not have much but I will donate and lobby my Congressmen to pay the small ranchers for these loses. I believe in taxes that help our countrymen make their lives better. People must become involved daily with what is happening in D.C. to keep our Congressmen feet to the fire to help Americans first and others afterward. Charity begins at home in America not spending our taxes maintaining military bases all over the world and wars when no country has physically attacked and invaded our shores. We need a Defense department not a War department.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and support of the affected ranchers! I’m glad for your experiences on your family’s ranch. All children should be able to experience a working farm or ranch so they may understand where their food originates. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Lucky, some of the news stations in Kansas have been broad casting information about this catastrophic hit to the beef industry. However, I have found it to be completely disappointing that our government officials are too focused on fighting over keeping money in their pockets, instead of food on the table for the people of this country. I fear how much more gutless is our politicians going to be? My father is 68 years old farmer, soon to be 69 next month. Along with many others of retirement age, he is drawing social security but still has to work along with my step-mother working full time to make ends meet to keep supporting the farm. But instead of think of his birthday and spending time with his family for it, he is concerned that he will not receive his social security due to the government’s continual shut down. How much more is the government going to tear down those that the are suppose to representing, or actually to what they say, be “the voice of people”?

  6. We have shared this on our social media sites, helping to get the word out. We will also continue to support our local farmers and ranchers as much as possible. DAFC

  7. I am so glad that AgChat is helping raise money to donate to those victims of the blizzard. Not much media coverage has been done on this horrible diaster and I glad to see that the agricultral world is recongizing this matter. It’s good to see people are stepping up and helping those in need.

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