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Ag community rallies to Texas wildfire victims

Livestock producers in the Texas panhandle are in need following a week of wildfires.

Monte Dozier is program director at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Disaster & Recovery Team…

“We’ve lost a lot of grazing potential.”  He says, “One of our biggest needs is fencing materials and then also hay, and we have a need for cattle cubes, any kind of horse feed is also needed. We do need small ruminant supplies as well.”

He says thousands of cattle have died and millions of acres burned…

 “It was a very unusually wet spring and summer.”  He says, “Greenest I had ever seen it in my 60 plus years. And so, we had a lot of fuel when that fire started. I’ve never seen such a large area impacted in the Panhandle.”

He tells Brownfield they’re thankful for the help they’ve already received…

“You know, it’s very devastating what we’re dealing with, but there’s that other side of the coin.”  He says, “When you see how people will take time to reach out and help their neighbors, whether their neighbors be 5 miles down the road or 500 miles down the road.”

Dozier says monetary donations are also being accepted through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s STAR fund. 

A link to a full resource guide for those wanting to help can be found HERE.

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