The recent Kansas and Oklahoma wildfires were historic in their scope, but the outreach to farmers and ranchers affected has been equally historic.

March 31 saw a heifer auctioned 76 times to raise more than $92,000 on behalf of the Kansas Livestock Foundation, a charitable arm of the Kansas Livestock Association. Read about this and other charitable auctions in this AgWeb article, “Ag Community Rallies to Help Ranchers Impacted by Wildfire.”

On April 11, six Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and CoBank announced an additional donation of $138,000 to KLA. These funds are intended to help Kansas ranchers with fencing supplies, feed and other items for recovery and rebuilding.

“The recent wildfires throughout Kansas have had a devastating impact on the state’s agricultural industry,” notes Alan Woodard, regional vice president of CoBank. “CoBank is proud to stand with our Farm Credit partners, in the best cooperative tradition, to support the industry and the people of Kansas, and to aid in the recovery efforts.”

Generosity is always welcome but cannot always be expected. If wildfires have damaged your property, you still have options. Here are several assistance programs that may be able to help.

If you’ve recently battled wildfires or other natural disasters, share your story at http://www.agweb.com/agweb-crop-comments/.