Tyson Foods, Inc. is donating $50,000 to aid farmers and ranchers impacted by the unexpected winter storm dubbed “Atlas” earlier this month in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.
The winter storm dumped as many as 50 inches of snow, causing devastating livestock losses for some farmers and ranchers. “Our hearts are raw,” said South Dakota rancher Jodene Shaw in her blog. “You don’t just simply go buy new cows and start over. The foundation is removed. The legacy. The years. The work. The love. The faith.”
The company joined AgChat, a foundation to assist farmers and ranchers through social media platforms, and pledged to donate $10 per #RancherRelief Tweet, up to $50,000, to the effort. The two organizations held an online event earlier this week, resulting in more than 5,000 Tweets in only a few hours.
AgChat announced earlier this month its goal to raise $500,000 to bring emergency relief to ranchers affected by winter storm Atlas. Rescue efforts have been widely inhibited due to snow depths. Officials have reported that full-scale ramifications of the storm may not be seen for some time.
The unified campaign has been established at the AgChat Foundation’s giving site. As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to the Rancher Relief Fund are completely tax-deductible. Additional organizations and brands are encouraged to partner in these efforts. Inquiries about partnering or giving can be directed to Executive Director, Emily Zweber at (651) 341-0430.
About Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to befaith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.