Record drought and high temperatures have ravaged Texas, and ranchers, some of whom have had to sell their herds, have been among the hardest hit. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&M University estimates the drought is responsible for $5.2 billion in livestock and crop losses. "Everything about this is historic and comparable to the Dust Bowl years. People made major life-changing decisions based on that event, just as they will with this," said Robert Dull, an assistant professor of geography and the environment at the University of Texas at Austin.
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