Farm Credit East announced that the Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund donated $25,000 to assist producers affected by various natural disasters in the past year, including the Midwest and California wildfires, and multiple hurricanes that impacted producers across the country.
“This year’s natural disasters have brought together many people from across the Farm Credit System,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “Farm Credit East Cares was established following storms that impacted the Northeast, at which time various Farm Credit organizations contributed to relief efforts in our territory. Just as they reached out to help our region’s farmers, we want to support producers across the country in their time of need.”
In the spring, Farm Credit East Cares contributed to organizations supporting wildfire relief efforts in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. This fall, in response to multiple hurricanes and the wildfire outbreak in California, Farm Credit East Cares contributed funds to various disaster relief organizations assisting producers in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and California.
The Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund was established by Farm Credit East employees who raise contributions with a Farm Credit East match. The Fund’s primary intent is to provide support for farm families and organizations impacted by disasters. In years without a disaster, funds are contributed to various not-for-profit charitable organizations. Since the program’s 2011 inception, Farm Credit East Cares has donated more than $500,000.