Montana Businesses Lend a Hand to Support Lodgepole Fire Relief Effort


With the largest active wildfire in the country burning right in their backyard,  Montana businesses have once again done what Montanan's do best, offered a helping hand.  From monetary assistance to livestock feed and supplies to fencing materials, these companies have committed to helping Eastern Montana rebuild.  

Stockman Bank has pledged to match all donations received in the Stockman Bank Lodgepole Complex Fire Relief Fund, PO Box 80850, Billings, MT 59108, up to $10,000.00.


St. Paul, MINN. (July 28, 2017) – CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP, CHSCO, CHSCN, CHSCM, CHSCL), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, announced today a $100,000 contribution on behalf of eastern Montana CHS Payback® feed dealers to assist livestock producers affected by the recent wildfires in Montana. 

The $100,000 commitment will provide CHS Payback® feed at a discounted rate for ranchers affected by the Lodgepole Complex fires, which have burned nearly 300,000 acres of land displacing livestock throughout eastern Montana. Ranchers are encouraged to contact their local Payback dealers for more information on the feed discount program. 

Northwest Farm Credit Services has pledged $50,000 of monetary assistance.


Agri-Best Feeds offers an $80.00 per ton discount on qualifying SweetPro Premium Feed Supplement purchases to affected ranchers in D2-D4 drought classified areas. 


As a Thrivent member, you can help those affected by the Montana wildfires in the following ways:
Direct Choice Dollars
If you're an eligible Thrivent member, you can direct Choice Dollars to the following organization to help support those affected by the Montana wildfires:
Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers Association, Big Timber, Montana
Personal donations
In addition to directing Choice Dollars, you can make a personal donation through InFaith Community Foundation to help provide assistance to the Montana wildfire victims.
Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers Association, Big Timber, Montana
Local support
Consider getting involved in grassroots efforts in your community to help raise funds for disaster relief by forming a Thrivent Action Team.


Great Falls, MT- To help the farmers and ranchers in Garfield County and surrounding areas Montana Farmers Union along with the four other Farmers Union Enterprise (FUE) states which include Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota made a donation this week to the Farmers Union Oil Co-Op in Jordan, MT. 

Montana Farmers Union Board of Director, and Jordan rancher Brett Dailey, presented the manager of the co-op Bob Wilson with a check for $25,000. The donation will go to replace fencing lost due to the fire. Farmers or ranchers interested in qualifying  for fencing donations compliments of FUE should contact the co-op directly. Donations are on a first come, first serve basis.

Those interested in helping area farmers and ranchers affected by the fire are encouraged to contact the Farmers Union Oil Co. in Jordan by calling 557-2215.

BILLINGS, Mont.–In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation and First Interstate Banks of Billings and Miles City are donating a total of $20,000 to the Garfield County Fire Foundation, a fund of the Central Montana Foundation. These funds will be used to support local farmers and ranchers impacted by the Lodgepole Complex Fire, which has burned more than 270,000 acres of land in Garfield and Petroleum Counties.

The Garfield County Fire Foundation will distribute the funds to individuals affected by the fire through an application process.

To help the Garfield County Fire Foundation, you can follow this link to donate online: or call the Central Montana Foundation office at 406.538.6130.


With the overwhelming level of support, we may have missed your business's donation. If your business has contributed to the Lodgepole Fire Relief, please email Jasper Gruel at to be recognized on Northern Ag Network. 

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