Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's office is anticipating massive losses of livestock as the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey begin to recede.
Miller visited the Texas A&M AgriLife emergency livestock supply point at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds in Angleton Saturday where over 1,000 head of livestock are being sheltered. The location is also serving as a donation drop-off and supply point for relief efforts related to agriculture.
The Salvation Army is also at the location working with a number of evacuees.
“There were so many wonderful stories on the news and across social media this week where people from across the state came down to pitch in and rescue as many of these people and animals as possible,” Miller said. “I’ve never been more proud to call myself a Texan than right now. Texas grit and determination are alive and well.”
Miller's office estimates that over 1 million cattle were in the region impacted by Harvey.
Miller offered assistance for the farmers and ranchers affected by Harvey with the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, which is managed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.
“The STAR Fund is the only state-managed fund of private donations just for Texas ag producers,” Miller said. “There are so many good ways to help those affected by this terrible disaster, but this one is just for our ag family. And it’s one of the only donation funds where 100 percent of every donation goes to helping those in need.”
If you would like to contribute by donating to the STAR fund, click here.