Texas farmers and ranchers recover from effects of winter storm

Winter storms in Texas affected many in rural areas, causing $600 million in agricultural losses.

As temperatures and weather conditions in Texas continue to stabilize, the recovery efforts from winter storm Uri are just beginning. Last week, CHS, Land O’Lakes and CoBank jointly announced $100,000 to Red Cross and Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to help those severely impacted by the storm.  

Thousands of Texans are working to assess the damage and remain without water due to damaged pipes. Agricultural losses are expected to exceed $600 million, with citrus growers and livestock producers the most affected.  

“Cattle raisers across the entire state of Texas were dealt a heavy blow. Not only did record low temperatures and record snowfall make caring for their animals difficult, many were without power and water. It was also impossible for many to find the fuel and feed they needed,” says Hughes Abell, president, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and rancher from San Saba, Texas. “Neither the livestock nor the equipment down here are accustomed to these conditions. The loss of income, coupled with increased expenses, will impact the industry for many months.” 

CHS Plainview, which has 10 locations in northwest Texas, was on the edge of the storm. Although the area is accustomed to single digits once or twice per year, the large amounts of snow and rolling blackouts affected the area the most, says Mark Morris, general manager, CHS Plainview. 

“Thankfully we were a little more prepared than other areas of the state,” says Morris. “We had a few busted pipes and minor plumbing issues at our facilities as a result of power outages, but most of the damage to our locations and employees’ homes was minimal.”  Abell and Morris agree it’s been inspiring to see the cooperative spirit come to life through the support received from CHS and others involved in agriculture. 

“One of the silver linings of this storm was to see how the agricultural and rural community came together to help each other,” says Abell. “We’re incredibly grateful for organizations like CHS, CoBank and Land O’Lakes for their leadership and generosity during this time.”

Learn more about the contribution that is aiding relief efforts.

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