Donate to the TDA STAR Fund: Hurricane Relief

    The State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund

    Many of our fellow Texans are in need of a helping hand. Texas Agriculture Farmers, Rancher, producers and agribusiness owners are rebuilding and working towards picking up the pieces after all of these natural disasters. As natural disasters continue to impact Texas farmers and ranchers, the need for donations continues.

    The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief.

    To make a donation via check please send it to the following address: 

    STAR Fund : Texas Department of Agriculture * 1700 North Congress Avenue * Austin, Texas 78701

    To Donate by PayPal

    Under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Texas Agriculture Code, TDA is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions, gifts, grants and donations

       Hay Quality Precautions
    Texas Hay Import Precautions:  Various types of hay can be carriers of pests and diseases that are harmful to other crops.  Some hay shipments containing corn, broomcorn, sorghums and sudan grass may have restrictions on entry into the State of Texas. Also, hay imported from fire ant infested areas of other states will be limited to distribution in fire ant infested areas of Texas. For more information about restrictions on hay movement, please contact the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Division at (800) TELL-TDA (835-5832) 

      Fire Ant Quarantine:  Please note that baled hay and straw stored in direct contact with the ground are regulated articles under the state and federal imported fire ant (IFA) quarantines. If these articles are not in direct contact with soil and are IFA-free, they can be shipped without a phytosanitary certificate to the IFA-free areas in Texas. When shipping to other states, some states may require a phytosanitary certificate from TDA as an evidence of inspection for freedom from IFA or that shipment originated from a IFA-free county. The quarantine requirements and contact information of the importing state can be found at the National Plant Board Website: http://nationalplantboard.org/laws-and-regulations/

         TDA Warning Against Hay Sales Scammers

      The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) would like to warn Texans about a scam being run against individuals who have hay for sale.

      TDA has received alerts from Johnson and Karnes counties about scammers contacting hay sellers. The supposed hay buyer will send the seller a check in excess of the amount the hay is being sold for and then ask the seller to wire the extra money somewhere else. The scammers explain the overpayment by saying they need to cover taxes or shipping costs; however, then the check bounces and the scammer already has the money wired to them. The hay seller is then left to pay the money back to the bank.

      TDA recommends always reaching out to your local law enforcement agency if something seems fishy about a transaction or purchase. 


      • TDA does not verify the prices listed in the ads on the Hay Hotline.
      • TDA is not responsible for inquiry responses you receive from the Hay Hotline. 
      • TDA advises all of its hay suppliers to practice sound business dealings when responding to inquiries for the sale of their hay.
      • If you feel you have been the victim of fraud, contact your local law enforcement.

      File a Complaint:

      If you have believe that you have been a victim of fraud, or you have been contacted about an attempted scam, please file a complaint with the Texas Office of the Attorney General, and the Federal Trade Commission.

         Contact Information

      For Questions, Call
      Patrick Dudley, Coordinator for Agriculture Commodity Boards
      and Producer Relations
      (512) 787-9966