Indiana farmers head west to help with wildfire relief efforts

Donations of all kinds are flooding in to help those impacted by the wildfires in the Great Plains.

Central Indiana farmer John Canary is one of several Indiana farmers making the 1,600 mile trek to deliver hay to Ashland, Kansas.

He tells Brownfield as a farmer he can’t fathom what some of these families are going through – and said he needed to do something.  “There’s no guarantee that next week or tomorrow or down the road – that we may be the ones that are in the same position,” he says.  “Farmers and ranchers are prideful people and don’t ask for a lot of help.  These people need help.”

Canary says he posted on Facebook that he wanted to organize a donation, and it just came together.  “Cindy Ramsey from Shelbyville – she and her husband had I’m not sure how many tons of hay – but said they had extra,” he says.  “She said it would be a blessing because they didn’t need it and they needed to get rid of it.  They donated about 20 tons of hay that’s on its way to Ashland, Kansas.”

In addition to the hay, Canary says they’re also headed to Kansas with fence supplies and 500 pounds of donated minerals for the cattle.

AUDIO: John Canary, Johnson County, IN

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