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STAR Fund - Helping Texas Farmers and Ranchers Recover from Disaster

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Many of our fellow Texans are in need of a helping hand. Texas Agriculture farmers, ranchers, producers, and agribusiness owners are rebuilding and working toward picking up the pieces after devastating natural disasters. As these disasters continue to impact Texas farmers and ranchers, the need for donations continues. 
The Fund 
The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and entities to fund disaster recovery efforts. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners in rebuilding fences, restoring operations, and paying for other agricultural disaster relief. If you’d like to help folks impacted by the wildfire, floods or tornadoes, consider making a donation to the STAR Fund. The Program is designed to provide relief to Texas agricultural entities adversely impacted by natural disasters. Drought is not an eligible natural disaster under the STAR fund. Please refer to your local Farm Service Agency for drought assistance.
We are Texans, and when disaster strikes, we rise up to help our neighbors. The STAR Fund is one way to do that. TDA is offering a cost share to qualified agricultural producers. The maximum amount may vary based on donations collected, and will be reevaluated on a disaster proclamation basis by the Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Example of cost share amount:  A producer would need to submit documentation for $12,000 of eligible expenses to receive $8,000 in reimbursement.

STAR Fund money may be used to assist in rebuilding fences, restoring operations, and paying for other agricultural disaster relief costs needed to rebuild their agricultural operations. If the applicant's county is included in the Texas Governor’s declaration of disaster, they have 90 days from the date of his proclamation to turn in an application.

 “Every day, we depend on farmers and ranchers to provide our families with the healthy food and warm clothes that sustains our lives, and now is the time for Texas producers to lean on us,” Commissioner Miller said. “This is not a hand out, rather it’s a helping hand. I hope people will take advantage of these funds if you need them.”

Funds are not intended to compensate individuals or businesses for losses incurred, but to assist agriculture producers in cost-sharing some of the unexpected expenses associated with the repair or replacement of items necessary for their agricultural operation. See the application for more information. Verification of the damage caused by the disaster is required prior to TDA disbursing funds. Please include any pictures, certifications or other documentation of the damage.
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.



To make a donation via check please send it to the 
following address: 

Texas Department of Agriculture
1700 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

To Donate by PayPal

Under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Texas Agriculture Code, TDA is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, gifts, grants and donations

100% of the donations collected will be distributed to those who incurred losses related to natural disasters.


Funding Assistance Contact information

Kat Neilson
Lead Grant Specialist
Phone: (512) 463-6695

Felipe Herrera
Grant Specialist
Phone: (512) 463-6616


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Current Disaster Declarations
Available Assistance
updated: 3/28/2024

  • Panhandle Wildfirescritical 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 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.