The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), Duluth, Ga., announced on Feb. 3 a $50,000 donation to the Kentucky Agriculture Disaster Relief Program, a joint effort of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation and the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD).

Storms in December caused significant damage to Western Kentucky communities and farms, including Mayfield, where AGCO dealership AgRevolution is located. The AAF and AGCO Corporation identified the relief program as an outreach effort that aligns with AAF's farmer-focused community development initiative. It is still accepting donations from corporations and individuals.

"AGCO and AAF are grateful for the opportunity to support Kentucky Farm Bureau's relief program, which will provide vital assistance to farmers as they rebuild and recover in the months ahead," said Metti Richenhagen, director of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation.

The Kentucky program leverages a network organizations to provide access to eligible farmers of up to $1,500 of supplies, such as fencing, tools, hay and livestock feed. It is designed to bridge gaps in insurance coverage for these vital items in a way that is efficient and trouble-free to farmers.

To further extend the donation from AAF, AGCO employees will also be able to participate in the program's continuing fundraising efforts. "Following the tornado in Kentucky, many AGCO employees asked what they could do to offer their support to the individuals and communities in need," said Ivory Harris, AGCO SVP and chief human resources officer.

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