Farm Credit Supports Texas Wildfire Relief Efforts
AgTexas Farm Credit, Capital Farm Credit, Central Texas Farm Credit, CoBank, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, Heritage Land Bank, Lone Star Ag Credit, Plains Land Bank and Texas Farm Credit have pledged a combined total of $162,500 to support rural fire departments across the state, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Disaster Relief Fund.
The fires have impacted so many across the state, but the agricultural producers in the Central Texas and Panhandle areas have been especially hard hit. Over 125,000 acres have burned since the outbreak began on March 15, human life has been lost, property and livelihoods were changed in an instant and livestock death tolls have been catastrophic. For many producers and residents, this event is crippling.
“Since 1916, Farm Credit has had the privilege of supporting rural communities and agriculture during times of plenty and extreme adversity, alike. Despite the resiliency of the Lone Star State and it’s residents, it is important that producers know and feel that Farm Credit is here to support them, today and tomorrow,” said Tim McDonald, chief executive officer of AgTexas Farm Credit.
“Our hearts go out to the residents impacted by the Texas wildfires,” added McDonald. “The donation to the rural volunteer fire departments will help them to retool and prepare for the rest of the season, and it will also make resources available to farmers and ranchers, through the TSCRA Disaster Relief Fund, who need feed and supplies to support their operations.”
Central Texas Farm Credit is a member of nationwide Farm Credit System, financing farm and ranch land, agribusiness operations, rural land and homes, and recreational property in its 20-county area. Headquartered in Early, the cooperative has branch offices in Brady, Coleman, Comanche, Haskell, San Angelo, and San Saba.