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Local farmer spearheads effort to help victim of Kansas fires

By Ellen Simmons • Mar 20, 2017 at 5:06 PM

Jason Nufer has been instrumental in starting a campaign in the county to help farmers in Kansas who have lost everything in fires that have devastated over 650,000 acres in the state.

A Richmond Township farmer who is past president of the Huron County Farm Bureau, Nufer will be part of a group of farmers from the county joining others from the Bucyrus area and the eastern part of the state to take much needed supplies to Kansas.

Greenwich Township farmer Wally Leber has joined this effort, and he and Nufer are asking their fellow farmers and others to donate supplies such as milk replacer, barbed wire and fence posts, straw and hay, as well as trucks and trailers to move the loads to Kansas.

Both Nufer and Leber are also accepting donations to pay for fuel and other expenses. Leber says a $50 donation will pay for a bag of milk replacer, and he adds 4-H and FFA kids in Kansas are offering to feed calves rescued from the fires until farmers are equipped to take them back, but they need supplies.

A former Greenwich Township trustee, Leber is well known in the area for his willingness to help others.

“We want to do this farmer to farmer,” he said. “We want to help those in need. Imagine how devastated you would be if your home, barns, animals, pasture and crops were destroyed.”

Nufer agrees and asks anyone willing to help to either call him at 419-706-1990 or Leber at 567-227-0391.

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