A blaze in southern Missouri serves as a timely reminder for farmers everywhere. KMZU’s Janet Adkison has that story…
While it may be an old cliche, knowing things could always be worse is a thought to carry some folks through difficult times. However, that could be small relief when this summer’s wide spread historic drought is topped by fire. Glen Cope is a cattle producer from Aurora, located about an hour southwest of Springfield. On Friday a significant portion of the family farm’s winter feedstocks went up in smoke…
The loss of just the hay itself is estimated at well over $25-thousand.
Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze. Though sizeable, the only loss was the barn and feedstock but it does leave the operation short a significant expense to rebuild and restock. Jeff Adams serves as a District Sales Manager for Farm Bureau Insurance. Though he does not carry the Cope’s policy, he says the situation is a grim reminder for producers to stay in contact with their agents..
The ongoing drought has caused the price of hay to double what it was this time a year ago. That increase in value needs to be calculated into the policy prior to a tragedy taking place.
Adams encourages producers to stay in contact with insurance providers and keep the policy writer up to date on any value adjustments.
The Cope family is in the process of restocking their hay supply. Anyone with hay to maket can reach Glen here by email.