In the aftermath of the derecho, the extreme weather event that devastated several communities across Iowa on Aug. 10, Alltech has established the Iowa Derecho Devastation Relief Fund to match donations dollar for dollar and provide goods and services to farmers and their local communities who have been directly impacted.
"This unexpected derecho caused significant destruction in the communities that our customers and colleagues call home," says Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. "Many now face flattened fields and grain bins, significant repair of fencing and much more in the midst of an already difficult year. We hope our Iowa Derecho Devastation Relief Fund provides a boost of support as Iowa's farming community demonstrates its resilience in recovery."
Alltech and Hubbard Feeds will be donating the funds raised to the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Cattlemen's Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association, who will ensure that these resources are utilized to aid the rural communities most in need of assistance. The companies are also donating equipment, including tractors and skid steers.
Donations are being collected through the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation, Alltech’s 501(c)(3) non-profit. Alltech will match donations up to $25,000, and all contributions will go directly toward helping Iowa farmers and the surrounding communities impacted by the derecho.