FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY, USA – The Team West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund will provide up to $3.25 million to help western Kentucky farmers continue to grow and process grain after the elevator to grains from Mayfield Grain Co. was damaged by tornadoes in December 2021.
Founded in 1986, Mayfield Grain has more than 6.5 million bushels of grain storage capacity, but tornado damage limited capacity and sustained grain supplies throughout the region. Mayfield Grain purchases corn, soybeans, wheat and canola from approximately 200 local farmers.
“This money will not only ease the stress on local farmers due to the loss of the Mayfield grain elevator, but it will also help get the grain to facilities that can process the product and keep the supply chain going. movement,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The potential loss of these crops is a disaster for western Kentucky farmers and is ultimately another factor in the rising costs we all know.”
According to Governor Beshear’s office, while the grain elevator is being repaired, farmers had to travel more than 50 miles to the nearest grain elevator. As a result, local farmers incurred higher costs for the extra mileage.
“Graves County has an extraordinary agricultural heritage,” Beshear said. “It has the fifth largest grain production in the state and is first in total value of agricultural products sold in Kentucky. It is essential that we do more to help this vital industry recover. »