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Ag Commissioner Sets Up Fire Relief Fund

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Photo courtesy Firefighter Jimmy Taylor, Austin Fire Department
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Wildfires have devastated ranches and grasslands across West Texas

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.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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