Texas Ag losses in 2011 reach more than $7 billion


Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today issued the following statement in response to the news that Texas agricultural losses attributed to the historical 2011 drought reached a record $7.62 billion. The updated total makes the 2011 drought the most costly drought in history, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists.

“When you are one of the biggest agricultural producing states in the nation, a monumental drought causes enormous losses,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “While the pain and damage caused by this drought cannot be overstated, our state’s farmers and ranchers are determined in their commitment and fierce in their resolve. We will rebuild and continue delivering the safest, most reliable and most affordable food supply in the world.”

Source: Texas Dept. of Agriculture