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Ag Commissioner Sets Up Fire Relief Fund
After a tour of West Texas ranches and rangeland burned by wildfires, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples has set up a public donation fund to help ranchers whose land has been devastated. He said the State of Texas Agricultural Relief Fund, or STAR Fund, is the best place to donate and give help.
“Texans understand when our neighbors are in need, we need to reach out and help them, and that's what's happening all across the state," Staples said. "I have received several calls from people from across our great state wanting to help these individuals who have been devastated by these catastrophic fires.”
Staples said money from STAR Fund will be used to help ranchers rebuild fences and restore operations. People can donate to the fund through the State Agriculture Department's website.