March 14, 2024

Supporting our Agribusiness Colleagues through the Texas Wildfires

The team at Village Farms International have been deeply moved to see Northern Texas engulfed by a series of destructive wildfires in recent days. Much of which is home to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses of many kinds.

Fueled by an uncharacteristic warm and humid February, the fires have spread devastatingly across much of the Texas panhandle. Communities have been displaced, properties destroyed, and vast numbers of cattle have sadly been lost.

Events like this demonstrate how unpredictable and severe natural disasters can be. Anyone can be unfortunate enough to be affected by them and so it is times like these that a spirit of community and positive action are never more critical.

The first responders of Texas are rising once more to the challenge and are continuing to fight the blaze. But the damage this wildfire leaves behind will represent a serious challenge to people’s livelihoods, people for whom agriculture is not just a job, but a way of life.

That’s why we at Village Farms believe there is a collective responsibility to come together and support those affected at this time. We are therefore making a contribution to the State of Texas Agricultural Relief Fund (STAR) in the hope that it can provide vital support for our fellow farmer and agribusiness owners during these challenging times.

The STAR Fund is a vital resource designed to assist farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners, providing a lifeline to those directly affected by natural calamities such as wildfires. The aid from the STAR Fund can help rebuild fences, restore operations, and replace livestock, among other necessary recoveries. The STAR Fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and entities to fund disaster recovery efforts.

We are encouraging our friends and colleagues across the industry to donate to the

STAR Fund and make a tangible difference in the lives of those hit hardest by the wildfires. By donating, you’re not just helping individuals; you’re supporting entire communities as they rebuild and recover from the devastating wildfires.

Showing solidarity doesn’t just have to mean donating. With the platforms companies such as ours are fortunate to have, we can help raise awareness of the current situation in Texas and steer others towards the STAR fund.

We want to show the true strength of community and solidarity by supporting Texas in its time of need. Every action, no matter how small, contributes to a larger wave of support that can help rebuild lives and restore hope for the future.

How You Can Help

Donating to the STAR Fund is straightforward and can make a significant impact. Visit the Official STAR Fund Page or head to the official website for the Texas Department of Agriculture to find the STAR Fund donation page.

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