TOPEKA, KAN. – Cargill and Tyson Foods Inc. are each donating $100,000 to the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), the charitable foundation of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), to help with relief efforts for cattle farmers and ranchers impacted by the weather events of Dec. 15. Severe weather and wildfires burned nearly 400,000 acres and many family and independent farmers lost their homes, barns and livestock.

“Like everyone, we’re saddened by the impacts recent severe weather had on farming and ranching operations across Kansas,” said Hans Kabat, president of Cargill’s North American protein business. “Cargill has long been a trusted partner for farmers and ranchers and we’re proud to stand with KLA and the Kansas Livestock Foundation to offer our support in helping families begin to rebuild.”

Shane Miller, group president, Fresh Meats for Tyson Foods, said, “Our partnership with family and independent cattle producers is important to us, and we want to do our part to help those whose lives have been affected by the devastating wildfires. We’re grateful for the longstanding relationships we have with our Kansas independent cattle suppliers and stand beside them during this difficult time.”

KLF has a process to distribute funds collected, with every dollar donated going directly to those Kansas producers impacted. Applicants do not have to be KLA members to receive support. Those interested in applying to receive funds can call the KLA office at (785) 273-5115 to be placed on a list to receive the application.

Donations to KLF for relief efforts are welcome from any individual or organization. To donate, go to and click on the KLF wildfire relief link. Checks can be sent to KLF, 6031 SW 37th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. 

“This significant donation from Tyson is greatly appreciated,” said Matt Teagarden, KLA chief executive officer. “Their support, along with that of other generous donors from across the country, will go a long way in helping Kansas livestock producers impacted by the fires and severe weather rebuild.” 

Teagarden added, “We appreciate Cargill’s substantial contribution in support of Kansas livestock producers impacted by the fires and other severe weather.”