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Farm Credit Organizations Donate $380,000 to Wildfire Relief Efforts in Texas Panhandle

Farmer and young son working on the farm

In response to recent devastating wildfire outbreaks impacting much of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Oklahoma, several Farm Credit System organizations have joined forces to contribute funds to support extensive recovery and relief efforts.

Several wildfires across the region, including the Smokehouse Creek Fire — the largest wildfire ever recorded in Texas — have burned nearly 1.2 million acres north of Amarillo. Two people have lost their lives and many others have been displaced from their homes. While the full scope of damage will take time to assess, losses include livestock, homes and other structures, equipment, fencing, fodder and infrastructure.

To support agricultural producers and communities stricken by the deadly fires, Texas Farm Credit District lending cooperatives, along with Farm Credit Bank of Texas and other System organizations, have pledged a combined $380,000 for fire relief efforts. Contributors include AgTexas Farm Credit Services, AgTrust Farm Credit, Alabama Ag Credit, Capital Farm Credit, Central Texas Farm Credit, Heritage Land Bank, Mississippi Land Bank, Plains Land Bank, Southern AgCredit, Texas Farm Credit, American AgCredit, CoBank, Farm Credit Services of America, Farm Credit Mid-America and Farmer Mac.

In addition, other associations in the Texas District and other Farm Credit districts have generously contributed staff time and sent much needed supplies.

“During times of crisis, the strength of community and the resilience of our agricultural producers shine brightest, and it is imperative that we stand together to support those affected,” said Mark Miller, Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer. “Texas Farm Credit is proud to join hands with our fellow Farm Credit System organizations to contribute to wildfire relief efforts. This pledge reflects our unwavering commitment to the well-being of rural communities in Texas and the livelihoods of its producers.”

Pledges will benefit the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Disaster Relief Fund and county-level efforts recommended by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

About Farm Credit Bank of Texas

Farm Credit Bank of Texas is a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that finances agriculture and rural America. It funds 13 rural lending co-ops and two other financing institutions, enabling them to make loans to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and rural property owners. It also partners with other lenders to finance agricultural production and processing, essential rural infrastructure and more. The bank is part of the Farm Credit System, the nation’s oldest and largest source of rural financing.

About Texas Farm Credit:

Texas Farm Credit, headquartered in Robstown, Texas, is a leading agricultural lending cooperative serving rural communities across 100 counties from the Red River to the Rio Grande Valley. As part of the Farm Credit System, established in 1916, Texas Farm Credit offers competitive rates, flexible terms, and personalized service to farmers, ranchers, rural residents, and agribusiness firms. From traditional agricultural and agribusiness financing to home and rural real estate mortgage loans, along with comprehensive insurance services, Texas Farm Credit is committed to supporting the agricultural community and rural Texas. For more information, please visit

About the AuthorSarah Franklin

An Atascosa county native, Sarah Franklin has been in agriculture her entire life, growing up on her family’s farm and later earning an Agricultural Economics degree from Texas A&M University. She is also a TALL XVI cohort graduate. Sarah enjoys giving back to the community and volunteers with many organizations, including the San Antonio Stockshow and Rodeo, her local stockshow, and church. Sarah and her husband enjoy spending time with family and friends.