Heavy equipment works to contain the Juliet Pass Fire in Armstrong County on February 26, 2024.
Heavy equipment works to contain the Juliet Pass Fire in Armstrong County on February 26, 2024. Photo courtesy of C. Lake. Credit: Texas A&M Forest Service.

Blog | March 6, 2024

Resources for Ranchers Facing Wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma

While over a million acres have burned so far in the Texas Panhandle’s largest wildfire ever, local and state organizations are already springing into action to support ranchers in peril. The need is tremendous as thousands of cattle have perished and pasture land has been rendered useless. If you have been affected by this tragedy, please know that the folks here at Farm Aid are grieving with you. It’s heartening to witness the extraordinary stories of support already emerging from the communities affected.

As you prepare for recovery, a few critical steps will position you to fully benefit from your insurance claims and USDA disaster assistance programs as they come online. This Disaster Recovery Resources Guide from Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) fleshes these steps out in detail. A key takeaway is to be sure to document all damage and losses with photos, videos and notes before any clearing or cleaning begins.

The resources listed below will hopefully further ease the process of recovery. Be sure to return to this site often as updates will be made as the situation unfolds.

Resources for Ranchers Facing Wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma

View the resources below, or click here to view this on Google Sheets.

We understand that navigating programs can be overwhelming as you work to recover from disaster. Please know that you can call our farmer hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID or fill out our Online Request for Assistance form if you need support. Farm Aid can often connect you with someone nearby to help you figure things out. Hotline hours are 6:00AM to 6:00PM EST Mondays through Fridays.


We work to keep this page up-to-date. If you know of additional resources you can share with us, please email farmhelp@farmaid.org or call our hotline at 1-800-FARM-AID.

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