MEDIA ADVISORY: Sources for information about historic Texas wildfires, agricultural impact

More than 1.4 million acres of land have burned in Texas since the beginning of the year due to wildfire. In addition to homes and personal property, the fires are having a major impact on agriculture in the state. Here are some sources available for news media covering the story:

Cattle need fresh water and feed after being stessed by fire. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Cattle condition —

Dr. Ted McCollum, Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock specialist, 806-677-5600,

Dr. Ron Gill,  AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, 979-845-1541,

Dr. Floron “Buddy” Faries, AgriLife Extension veterinarian, 979-845-4353,

Economic impact on agriculture —

Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist, 979-845-4351,

Hay/fencing donations —

Riley Barnett, AgriLife Extension agent in Fisher County, 325-776-3259; 325-338-3557;

Scott Mauney, AgriLife Extension agent for Palo Pinto County, 940-659-1228, 940-659-8693,

Leslie Neve, AgriLife Extension agent for Stephens County, 254-559-2313, 254-246-0803 or

Steve Sturtz, AgriLife Extension agent in Tom Green County, 325-659-6524,

Heath Begeman, AgriLife Extension agent in Eastland County, 254-629-1093,

Jason Miller, AgriLife Extension agent in Stonewall County, 940-989-3510,

Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent in Brewster/Jeff Davis counties, 432-437-6207,

Norman Fryar, AgriLife Extension agent in Pecos County, 432-336-2541,

Smoke odor remedies —
Janie Harris,, AgriLife Extension housing and environment specialist, 979-847-8865

General wildfire information
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