Texas Farm Bureau aids volunteer fire departments

State's largest farm organization will match donations, host benefits for local heroesAs fires have ripped through more than 2.5 million acres, Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) has committed to match county Farm Bureau donations to aid volunteer fire departments that have protected thousands of homes, livestock and families."Volunteer firefighters across the state have shown incredible bravery as they have fought to protect the lives and livelihoods off fellow Texans," said TFB President Kenneth Dierschke. "Texas Farm Bureau will show its appreciation for these honorable public servants through a matching donation program to help recoup the resources of these volunteer fire departments."Farm Bureau's state office will match county Farm Bureau donations on a $3 to $1 basis, up to a maximum of $1,000 per fire department. Matching fund requests will be considered through Nov. 30, 2011, for volunteer fire departments verified.Nolan County Farm Bureau recently donated $500 to each area volunteer fire department including Nolan, Blackwell, Maryneal, Roscoe and Lake Sweetwater for a total of $2,500 donated."Our county Farm Bureaus hope to support their communities by thanking the men and women who dropped everything to donate their time and service to fight these fires," Dierschke added.Details regarding TFB's wildfire relief assistance and other resources are available at the organization's dedicated drought website, http://www.txfb.orgidrought2011.aspK.The Texas Faml Bureau works to provide a voice for Texas farmers, ranchers, rural citizens and everyone interested in preserving and protecting this way of life.