Commissioner Sid Miller says support comes at a ‘Critical Moment.’
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (March 29, 2022) – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced today that Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the U.S., has committed $50,000 to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund (STAR), which is available through the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide aid to farmers, ranchers, producers and agribusiness owners adversely impacted by natural disasters.
“Many farmers and ranchers have been hard hit with the devastating fires and tornadoes that have occurred recently,” said Sid Miller. “The generous donation will allow more victims to receive help and assistance and to get back on their feet. With many farmers in the middle of spring planting, Tractor Supply is helping fill a need at a critical moment.”
The donation, made through the Tractor Supply Company Foundation, comes as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to give back to the communities it serves and support organizations that promote the agriculture and farming lifestyle. In addition to the donation from the Foundation, local Tractor Supply stores have given additional funds, products and more than 300 bales of hay to help farmers and ranchers replace items lost in the fires.
“As a Texas resident, I’ve seen the negative effect these natural disasters have had on our communities firsthand and understand the effort and support needed to rebuild them,” said Sid Smith, who oversees nearly 60 of Tractor Supply’s Texas locations as regional vice president of operations. “At Tractor Supply, we’re passionate about serving the people we care about most – our neighbors and Team Members – and we’re always there during their time of need. As both a neighbor and friend, we hope this donation will help Texas farmers and ranchers restore their businesses and allow their communities to recover faster.”
The STAR Fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and entities to fund disaster recovery efforts. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief. It was designed to help Texans impacted by the wildfire, floods or tornadoes.
“I want to thank Tractor Supply CEO Hal Lawton, Regional Vice President Sid Smith, Tractor Supply Foundation Chair Marti Skold-Jordan and the thousands of Tractor Supply Team Members in the state of Texas for making this donation,” stated Miller.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has been passionate about serving its unique niche, targeting the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle, for more than 80 years. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service for the Out Here lifestyle. With more than 46,000 Team Members, the Company’s physical store assets, combined with its digital capabilities, offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday low prices they deserve. At January 1, 2022, the Company operated 2,003 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states, a consumer mobile app and an e-commerce website at www.TractorSupply.com.
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At January 1, 2022, the Company operated 178 Petsense stores in 23 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.Petsense.com.
About Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) was established by the Texas Legislature in 1907. TDA’s key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living.