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

Businesses, individuals can make variety of donations


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension are joining forces to raise funds and resources for agricultural-related recovery efforts for farmers affected by the weekend’s devastating storm event.

“West and western Kentucky agriculture did not escape the historic and devastating tornadoes that struck the region this weekend,” Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles said. “We’ve seen lives lost, grain bins leveled, and livestock and poultry barns demolished. Our farmers need funds and resources to maintain operations and rebuild. I thank Kentucky Farm Bureau and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension for stepping up to help Kentuckians in need.”
“The heartbreaking devastation from this past weekend’s tornado outbreak is overwhelming for so many families and communities throughout the commonwealth. Never have so many Kentuckians experienced such monumental loss. Many lost everything,” said Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. “Rural communities affected by these devastating storms need our help. I am confident this fund will be successful helping Kentucky farm families get back to the important business of producing the food, fiber, and fuel upon which our nation relies.”
“UK Cooperative Extension has always been both in and of the counties it serves. Our agents and staff are leaders and neighbors in their communities and stand ready to serve the West Kentucky region as we have historically done in the wake of tragedy,” said Nancy Cox, Vice President for Land-grant Engagement and Dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We appreciate the leadership of Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and our agents on the ground — together we will continue serving Kentucky.”
The Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund
The Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund is a cash donation portal managed by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation. Funds collected will be administered through a grant process. The donations will be used to support farmers and agribusinesses in the affected areas.
Donations can be made to the Kentucky Agriculture Relief Fund can at gofundme.com/KyAgReliefFund.
Kentucky Ag Disaster Donations
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Cooperative Extension Service are teaming up to coordinate an operation to identify the needs and supplies for individual farming operations in the impacted area.
Individuals in impacted areas should contact their county extension office, which will collect a list of needs from producers for their operation and provide that information to the KDA. The Department will then coordinate with farm organizations in the commonwealth and work to match the requested need with the donor of the item. This can include immediate needs such as hay or feed to longer-term items such as fencing material.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release)As many in Kentucky and across the nation are looking for ways to help those impacted by deadly storms that devastated western Kentucky during the weekend, Kentucky Sports Radio and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation are partnering to build a to assist efforts for business and job recovery.

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

Individuals and companies can donate through the sure online portal on  or by mailing 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. Kentucky’s business community has always stepped up in times of need, and we will do everything we can to help,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts. “There will be much work to do in the upcoming days, weeks and, months ahead, and we will continue to help in any way possible.”

The Kentucky Chamber 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 taken to:

Mayfield-Graves County Fairground
1004 KY-121
Mayfield, KY 42066

List of Needed Items:

  • Water
  • Flash Lights
  • Head Lamps
  • Batteries
  • Work/Utility Gloves
  • New Socks
  • New Undergarments
  • Blankets
  • Coats
  • Warm clothes
  • Shoes
  • Toiletry Items

Donate Blood

Gov. Beshear says the public can donate to the Kentucky tornado relief fund at: http://teamwkyrelieffund.ky.gov. Individuals are also being encouraged to contribute what you can to the Kentucky Red Cross.

  • Donate online here
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
  • To donate by phone via 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 avenues to help those impacted.

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

The Kentucky Electric Cooperatives have stated there are more than 1,000 utility poles that need to be replaced and necessary equipment that must be safely installed. They say full restoration of power in these areas will likely take weeks. Please stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized.

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

To volunteer to help those affected by the tornadoes in Kentucky, dial 211. If your organization or company has services or products they would like to donate, call 502-697-6600. Any out of state offers please contact the American Red Cross.

Resources for Those Impacted

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