Historic winter storm destroys Texas agriculture, food supply

US President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in the state of Texas
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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller issued a ‘red alert’ regarding agriculture and the food supply chain in the state following a deadly winter storm that caused millions of dollars in damage.

At least 58 people have died so far in the freezing storm that hit Texas earlier this month on February 13.

In a news release last Tuesday, Miller said farmers and ranchers across the state were experiencing a “devastating effect on their operations” due to interruptions in electricity and natural gas.

“Dairy operations are dumping $8 million worth of milk down the drains every day because the plants that process that milk doesn’t have power,” Miller stated as one example.

“Grocery stores are already unable to get shipments of dairy products,” Miller added. Texans were seeing empty shelves in aisles as they shopped for food this month, much like many people across the world saw when the first wave of COVID-19 hit. 

“We’re looking at a food supply chain problem like we’ve never seen before, even with COVID-19,” Miller added.

The storm has left Texans in a desperate state as it swept through the state, particularly farmers and ranchers who have seen devastating effects on their livestock, feed, and agriculture products.Many Texans have had to stand in long lines in freezing cold to enter a grocery store and buy what’s available of food amid the historic storm.

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