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This week Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced that the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, also known as the STAR Fund, would be made available to Texas farmers and ranchers who had been impacted by the winter storm that crippled the state's agricultural industry and even threatened the food supply.

Miller, who appeared on The Chad Hasty Show on the Texas Townsquare Media Network, told the audience that everything from dairy to citrus had been impacted in the state.

The STAR Fund is an interesting program in that it doesn't use taxpayer money. Instead money is donated to the fund.

“The STAR Fund is just another example of how Texans step up to help their fellow Texans,” said Miller. “Since the beginning of this crisis I’ve been warning of the threat to our state agriculture industry and our food supply.  Texans have responded as I knew they would, with compassion.  Thanks to them, the STAR Fund is able to provide much-needed relief to our ag producers as they fight to regain their footing after this deadly storm.”

 

Through the STAR Fund, TDA reimburses qualified agricultural producers 50% of eligible expenses, up to $4,000. While, funds are generally not intended to compensate individuals or businesses for crop or livestock losses, STAR Fund money is traditionally used to assist in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief costs needed to restart agricultural operations.

To be eligible, the agriculture business, ranch, farm, etc. must be located in a county on the Governor's disaster declaration. Applicants have 90 days from the date of the Governor's proclamation to turn in the application.

Visit the TDA's website for more details and for the application.

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