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Truckers, cattlemen help ranchers amid Texas fires

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Trucking Association and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association have joined forces to aid Texas ranchers in their time of need.

Wildfires have impacted the Texas panhandle, where about 85% of the state’s cattle are raised.  In response, Alabama cattlemen sent 546 hay bales to the Texas Panhandle over several weeks, all by way of Alabama truckers, the groups said. 

“It makes me proud that our cattlemen and trucking communities can work together to get something done so quickly,” said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate.

The cattlemen donated $25,000 to the Alabama Trucking Association Foundation, which advances highway safety, invests in research for infrastructure and supply chain improvement and provides scholarships for those seeking a trucking-related career, according to the release.

“During any crisis, truckers answer the call,” ATA President and CEO of ATA Mark Colson said. “The response from Alabama truckers was immediate, ready to deliver much-needed hay to Texas, demonstrating our solidarity with the affected communities and industries.”

The fire that started in late February was caused by a decayed utility pole that broke, dropping power lines on dry grass, the Associated Press reported. It was the largest wildfire in the state’s history. Two people died and more than 1 million acres burned across several counties.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller thanked both associations for their efforts.

“I would like to give a Texas-sized thank you to our fellow states for having our backs,” he said. “Their prayers and assistance have served as a source of strength for our communities struggling with the impact of the fires.”

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