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Texas Farm Bureau sets up wildfire relief fund

by Compiled by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Mar 14, 2024 at 2:25 AM

Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) established the Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Fund to assist farmers and ranchers impacted by the devastating fires burning through the Panhandle.

“Although we don’t know the full extent of the damage caused by the fires, we do know the losses will be staggering,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “Farm Bureau is about helping our neighbors and agriculture, and this relief fund is set up to do just that.”

The Texas Panhandle Wildfire Relief Fund will collect tax-deductible donations to meet the needs in affected areas.

More than 1 million acres have burned in the panhandle, the northernmost block of the state bordered by New Mexico to the west and Oklahoma to the north and east. It’s a devastating situation for Panhandle towns, families and agriculture. According to published reports, an estimated 400-500 structures have burned and thousands of head of livestock have been lost to the blazes.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said the panhandle is home to approximately 85% of the state’s cattle herd.

Fires devoured pastureland, as well as livestock, homes, barns and equipment. Farmers and ranchers sprang into action—moving cattle, packing up families and building fire breaks. They continue to work alongside state agencies to try to contain the fires.

How to donate: Credit card donations may be made via PayPal on the TFB website at

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