Grassroots Volunteers Band Together to Help Farm Families in Need

September 2023

Florida Farm Bureau Federation has established a Disaster Relief Response Committee to coordinate and assist in relief efforts at the grassroots level. The committee took immediate action to help fellow farmers and ranchers and rural citizens in Florida’s Big Bend who suffered devastating loss from Hurricane Idalia.

Within one week after Hurricane Idalia struck the Big Bend, volunteer members rallied with the Florida Cattleman’s Association and other agricultural leaders to coordinate the delivery of six semi-truckloads of fencing posts and materials to North Florida communities that were most affected by the storm. This collective display of goodwill and compassion is attributed to the strength of Florida Farm Bureau’s grassroots members.

“Hurricane Idalia struck a rural agricultural area,” said President Jeb Smith. “There has been significant and widespread disruption to the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. It warms my heart to know that we have so many volunteer members who are on the frontlines of helping our farm families rebuild.”

In addition to supplying fencing and supplies to help farm families rebuild, Florida Farm Bureau has activated its Hurricane Idalia Relief Fund for Agriculture.  The relief fund was created for anyone interested in contributing to farmers and ranchers who have suffered agricultural loss. Donations can be made via check or online through theHurricane Idalia Relief Fund.

Farmers and ranchers can also apply for relief through the Disaster Relief Fund