Following the recent destructive winter storms that impacted the entire state of Texas, Farm Credit organizations from across the state and nation partnered together to support relief efforts for rural communities and residents across the Lone Star State.

Heritage Land Bank, along with 10 other Farm Credit entities, has donated a combined $250,000 to support the Texas Department of Agriculture’s State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross.

Texas was hit hard during February winter storms that left millions without power and water. The aftermath of crippling freezing temperatures continues to impact farmers and ranchers in their efforts to restore operations. According to preliminary data from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economists, the winter storm caused at least $600 million in agricultural losses.

Bill Tandy, chief executive officer of Heritage Land Bank, said: “Heritage Land Bank understands the challenges faced by our fellow Texans and rural communities. Crops, livestock, and livelihoods were severely disrupted by this storm. Farmers and ranchers are resilient, but we want to make sure we’re there for them in their time of need.”

"The donation to the STAR Fund from so many Farm Credit associations exemplifies the spirit of Texas - its Texans helping Texans," said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. "On behalf of all Texas farmers and ranchers, I want to express my deep gratitude to the all the Farm Credit associations from within the state, and those outside the state, that pitched in to help.  Every Texan should walk just a little bit taller today when they see this kind of generosity. Thank you."

The State of Texas Agriculture Relief (STAR) Fund was established by the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide relief for Texas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses owners impacted by natural disasters as they work to rebuild operations. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Disaster Relief fund aids in the recovery efforts of Texas ranchers and their families to restore production.

"Our contribution to the STAR Fund, TSCRA Disaster Relief Fund, and American Red Cross will help restore rural communities and assist the families that were severely impacted,” said Tandy. “Farm Credit’s mission is to support agriculture and rural communities, and this is the least we can do to support our neighbors in this challenging time.”