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MISSOURI CATTLEMEN'S ASSN CONTINUES FACILITATING ASSISTANCE TO FIRE VICTIMS
Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association news release

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) is continuing to facilitate much-needed assistance to victims of wildfires in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The association is matching up generous donors of hay and supplies with those who can truck the materials to the West. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the outpouring of support from cattle producers and truck drivers has been phenomenal.

"I work for the best people in the best industry on the planet," said Deering. "When a neighbor is in need, they step up in droves to lend a helping hand. They never ask what's in it for them. They do it because it's the right thing to do."

Deering said Governor Eric Greitens and various state agencies have been instrumental to streamlining relief efforts. The Missouri Department of Transportation, at the request of the governor and in consultation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, MCA and others, is waiving travel time restrictions through April 8, 2017, for those hauling oversize loads of hay in Missouri. These continuous movement oversize permits are only available to those hauling hay in direct response to disaster relief efforts. Additionally, trucks with farm plates can now travel outside the 150-mile radius restriction when hauling hay at no charge in relief to other states.

"We truly appreciate Governor Greitens and his administration for doing everything possible to make the relief effort hassle free for those wanting to help their neighbors to the West," said Deering. "The Missouri Highway Patrol has also been very cooperative and helpful in this effort."

While MCA is still facilitating assistance, Deering is encouraging people wanting to help the victims to donate directly to cattlemen organizations in the respective states who can make sure the funds are used to get people impacted exactly what they need. You can learn more about donating directly by going to http://www.beefusa.org/firereliefresources.aspx.


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