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Wildfire Assistance
An eligible entity is an agriculture business/operation/ranch/farm located in a county declared a disaster by the Texas Governor. Applicants should submit documentation for agricultural related expenses not paid for by insurance or other governmental sources for costs directly related to rebuild from the natural disaster. Applicant must demonstrate that expenses incurred were related to agriculture production and directly caused by the disaster. If an entity/business/operation/ranch/farm is owned by more than one person, only one application may be submitted. An entity/business/operation/ranch/farm is eligible for only one single award every 24 months, regardless of the number of owners.
  • Agriculture business means - a business that is or proposes to be engaged in producing, processing, marketing, or exporting an agricultural product.
  • For-Profit/Commercial Production and Non-profit entities are eligible. Backyard gardens and hobby farms are not eligible.
  • Agricultural product means - an agricultural, horticultural, viticultural, or vegetable product, bees, honey, fish or other seafood, planting seed, livestock, a livestock product, a forestry product, poultry, or a poultry product. Person means one property/entity/owner.

Current Disaster Declarations
Available Assistance
updated: 3/28/2024
  • Panhandle Wildfires - critical fire weather conditions which began on February 23, 2024, and wildfires that began on February 26, 2024. Application Deadline, July 15, 2024 by 11:59 PM central time. See disaster proclamation for eligible counties. 

    How to apply?
There are two options to access the application:

1. Online-  application materials 
2. Contact STARFund@TexasAgriculture.gov for a paper copy of the application.

Overview of the online process:

Download application instructions  Step 2 register in TDA-GO online application portal 
 STEP 3 complete application online  STEP 4 submit application online

note: sam/uei/duns number is not required to apply for this grant. see application instruction for guidance. 
Assistance Amount
How much will STAR Fund reimburse me?
On April 22, 2024, Commissioner Miller has approved a cost-share of up to 80% of eligible expenses to qualified agricultural producers not to exceed $8,000 per applicant. The following is an example of how the cost share is broken down. If an applicant has a total expense of $8750, the maximum award would not exceed $7,000.
Total Ag
Applicant Share
 $10,000.00+  $ 8,000.00 $2,000.00
 $ 8,750.00  $ 7,000.00 $1,750.00
 $ 7,500.00  $ 6,000.00 $1,500.00
 $ 6,250.00  $ 5,000.00 $1,250.00
 $ 5,000.00  $ 4,000.00 $1,000.00
 $  2,500.00  $ 2,000.00 $500.00