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$152 Million In Ag Losses To Texas Wildfires

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COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Enough fence to cross Texas from east to west nearly seven times, more than 1,500 head of livestock and swaths of pasture nearly twice the area of Delaware have burned in Texas wildfires this year.

As if the state’s crippling drought hadn’t banged up Texas agriculture enough, experts with Texas AgriLife Extension Service say the wildfires continue to burn through the dried remains on a
daily basis.

David Anderson, an economist with the service, estimates Texas agriculture lost $152.1 million through Sept. 19. The bulk of that total comes from the 5,965 miles of fences and other infrastructure that burned. Second are the nearly three million acres of scorched pasture.

That all comes on top of the estimated $5.2 billion lost to crops and livestock from the drought in Texas.

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