The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens

Federation offers its center for tornado victims

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is making its Rural Training Center in Epes, Ala., available as a staging center for victims of last week's tornadoes.

Tornadoes devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., and affected many smaller rural communities in the Alabama Black Belt counties of Sumter, Greene, Hale, Marengo and Choctaw, the group said.

The Federation and the Land Assistance Fund, which helping black farmers and landowners keep their land, is in need of funds, food water, clothes, baby supplies, generators, tarps, building materials and other supplies to distribute to the victims.