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Maryland Farm Bureau Supports Puerto Rico’s Devastated Farmers

The Maryland Farm Bureau (MFB) Board of Directors voted to make contributions to the Puerto Rico Agricultural Relief Fund organized by Texas Farm Bureau. 
 
In September, Puerto Rico faced a category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria, which left a path of destruction through the island. Prior to this, agriculture in Puerto Rico was slowly growing as a younger generation became more involved in the industry. Now, the majority of homes, livestock, and horticulture on the island have been lost, causing millions of dollars of damage. Without outside assistance, the U.S. territory could see an end to their agriculture sector and, ultimately, an end to food security. 
 
Hector Ivan Cordero, Puerto Rico’s Farm Bureau President, stated, “Maria was a devastating storm and many farmers and ranchers in Puerto Rico face an unprecedented challenge to return their land to production and rebuild infrastructure. The disaster will affect our farm and ranch families for many years, but our will to overcome the damage is strong.”
 
Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and 100% of donations received will be distributed to farmers and ranchers in need in Puerto Rico. To donate using a credit card, visit: http://bit.ly/2nonvEA. 
 
To donate via check, make the check out to the “Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation” with “Puerto Rico Agricultural Relief” in the memo line. Mail to:
Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation
Puerto Rico Agricultural Relief Fund
P.O. Box 2689
Waco, TX 76702-2689
Attn: Cyndi Gerik
 
Contact Janice Neckar (jneckar@txfb.org or 254-751-2494) with donation questions.