UPDATE: KDA, Kentucky Farm Bureau, UK College of Agriculture join relief efforts


Companies, individuals can make various donations


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, and University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension join forces to raise funds and resources for agriculture – recovery efforts linked to farmers affected by the devastating weekend storm.

“Agriculture in western and western Kentucky has not escaped the historic and devastating tornadoes that have struck the region over the weekend,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We have seen lives lost, grain elevators leveled, and barns for livestock and poultry demolished. Our farmers need funds and resources to keep their businesses going and to rebuild themselves. I thank the Kentucky Farm Bureau and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension for stepping up their efforts to help Kentuckians in need.

“The heartbreaking devastation of last weekend’s tornado epidemic is devastating for so many families and communities across the Commonwealth. Never have so many Kentuckians experienced such a monumental loss. Many have lost everything, ”said Mark Haney, president of the Kentucky Farm Bureau. “The rural communities affected by these devastating storms need our help. I have no doubts that this fund will be successful in helping Kentucky farming families get back to the important business of producing the food, fiber and fuel that our country relies on.

“UK Cooperative Extension has always been both in and out of the counties it serves. Our officers and staff are leaders and neighbors in their communities and stand ready to serve the Western Kentucky region as we always have in the aftermath of tragedy, ”said Nancy Cox, vice -President for the engagement of land concessions and dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We appreciate the leadership of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and our field officers – together, we will continue to serve Kentucky.”

Kentucky Agricultural Relief Fund

The Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund is a cash donation portal operated by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation. The funds raised will be administered through a grant process. The donations will be used to support farmers and agro-industries in the affected areas.

Kentucky Ag Disaster Donation

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Cooperative Extension Service team up to coordinate an operation to identify needs and supplies for individual farms in the affected area.

People living in affected areas should contact their county extension office, who will collect a list of producers’ needs for their farm and provide this information to KDA. The ministry will then coordinate with Commonwealth Farm Organizations and work to match the requested need with the donor of the item. This can include immediate needs such as hay or food for longer term items such as fencing material.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release)As many in Kentucky and across the country seek ways to help those affected by the deadly storms that devastated western Kentucky over the weekend, Kentucky Sports Radio and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation are teaming up to build a to support business and employment recovery efforts.

With the money raised in this fund, Kentucky Sports Radio and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation will work with local communities, local chambers, as well as local and national elected officials to ensure that the needs of these areas are met and that local businesses can to recover in the wake of the tragedy.

Individuals and businesses can donate through the secure online portal at or by sending a check to 464 Chenault Road Frankfort, KY 40601 with ATTN to the Tornado Relief Fund. The Kentucky Chamber Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) entity, and donations are tax deductible.

“KSR and the Kentucky Chamber are committed to helping rebuild our communities, and we appreciate your help and the overwhelming compassion and generosity of so many. The Kentucky business community has always grown stronger when needed, and we will do everything we can to help, ”said Ashli ​​Watts, President and CEO of Kentucky Chamber. “There will be a lot of work to do in the days, weeks and months to come, and we will continue to help in any way we can. “

The Kentucky House will continue to work closely with the governor’s office and state and federal lawmakers to ensure the most coordinated effort.

At this point, relief organizers are asking that donations be sent or given to:

Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds
1004 KY-121
Mayfield, Kentucky 42066

List of necessary items:

  • The water
  • Flash Lights
  • Headlamps
  • Batteries
  • Work / utility gloves
  • New socks
  • New underwear
  • Blankets
  • Coats
  • Warm clothes
  • Shoes
  • Toiletries

Donate blood

Governor Beshear says the public can donate to the Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund at: http://teamwkyrelieffund.ky.gov. Individuals are also encouraged to donate what you can to the Kentucky Red Cross.

  • Donate online here
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $ 10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
  • To donate by phone by credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)

WFPL has also published a comprehensive list with additional ways to help those affected.

We have partnered with the United States House to provide direct support for disaster recovery efforts. Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) for direct assistance from disaster recovery experts.

Kentucky Power Co-ops said there are more than 1,000 utility poles that need to be replaced and the necessary equipment that needs to be installed safely. They say the full restoration of power in these areas will likely take weeks. Please stay away from downed power lines and assume they are live.

Right now, donations really are the best way to help as these communities are still in the midst of major recovery efforts.

To volunteer to help those affected by tornadoes in Kentucky, dial 211. If your organization or business offers services or products that it wishes to donate, call 502-697-6600. For out-of-state offers, please contact the American Red Cross.

Resources for those affected


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