There’s Still Time to Respond to the 2017
Census of Agriculture: USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS) needs a Census of Agriculture response from ALL the nation’s producers. In order to get an accurate representation
of American agriculture – of all farmers and ranchers across the country – NASS will continue to accept completed
census questionnaires through spring. NASS has heard that some producers need extra time due to planting, bad weather, or
gathering necessary end-of-year documents. All operations are important and every response matters. NASS is committed to giving
producers every opportunity to be represented in these widely-used data. Federal law mandates that everyone who received the
2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire complete it and return it even if not currently farming. NASS will follow-up via
mailings, phone calls, and farm visits with producers who have not yet responded. To avoid these additional contacts, farmers
and ranchers are encouraged to complete their census either online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail as soon as possible. For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov. For questions about or assistance filling out the census, producers can call toll-free (888) 424-7828.
Click here for current National Agriculture Statistics!
2017 AG CENSUS IS UPON US!..Make sure your farm or ranch counts! Your agricultural operation, large or small, is important
to U.S. agriculture. USDA/NASS (National Agriculture Statistics Service) conducts a census of all agricultural operations
every five years as well as other agricultural surveys. CLICK HERE TO MAKE SURE YOUR OPERATION COUNTS!
Host Farmer and Landowner Workshop in Waco
Temple, Texas, July 6 —The
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Minority Landowner Magazine, will host a Farmer
and Landowner Workshop in the Waco area September 5 and 6 to discuss conservation technical and financial assistance
available through USDA and to provide the opportunity to demonstrate construction of a seasonal high tunnel.
Farmers, ranchers, ag industry representatives and the general public are invited
to attend the informative meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Bellmead Civic Center (Senior Room), located
at 3900 Parrish St. in Bellmead, Texas
Registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. followed by a program from 9 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided both days. Attendees
must be registered by August 24. Register today by contacting Todnechia Mitchell - (254) 697-4949 –x101
The free workshop will provide landowners and land managers
or those interested in being landowners/land managers about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that can
assist them in accomplishing their goals. Staff from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Farm
Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) will share information to help improve your farm or ranch, whether
large or small. USDA personnel will be available both days for sharing financial assistance and available programs
for conservation planning, pollinators; soil health; farm loan programs, agricultural marketing; cattle and hay operations;
high tunnels (hoop houses); erosion control; irrigation systems; Veterans programs and more.
On Thursday, September 6 attendees are invited to Kay Bell’s Farm
located at 810 Penton Lane in Waco, Texas to take part in the construction of a high tunnel. A high tunnel is a covered
structure used to protect crops to extend the growing season and in turn can help increase economic viability of farmers.
For more information, please contact
Todnechia Mitchell, District Conservationist, or visit the NRCS Web site at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.
Join us for next
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
@ 6:30 PM
TSFR/CBO Technology Center
1602 So. LaSalle St., Navasota, TX
Introducing to this Area:
Calvin L. Greer
Farm Loan Specialist/
State Environment Coordinator
Farm Service Agency
Topic: Farm Service Agency Information & Programs
|Roundtable Meeting - February 11, 2017 - Tyler, TX
Terry Jackson, TSFR/CBO County Outreach Facilitaor
Melinda Brakie, USDA/NRCS Soil Conservationist, Nacogdoches, TX
Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO Founder & State Director
|August 18, 2017 - Wolfe City, TX
Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO Founder & State Director
Keith D. Hiser, District Director, USDA/FSA Sulphur Springs
TSFR/CBO County Outreach Facilitaor
|Round Table Meeting - May 20, 2017 - Marshall, TX
Ralph B. Jordan, County Executive Director, USDA/FSA
Lynn Young, TSFR/CBO County Outreach Facilitaor
TSFR/CBO Participation in
Grimes County 4H Awards Banquet, August 6, 2017
|Ollie Ross, Kierra Lee, Wade Ross, Otis Mason
|Zaevian & Jacques McDonald, Willie Brooks
|Chyna Williams, Destiny Sargent, Kierra Lee, Iyanna Sargent
|Father of the Year-Bruce McDonald with son Jacquez
|Wille Brooks with his Mother of the Year - Mae Brooks
Great feedback from TSFR/CBO Financial Literacy Workshop on March 31, 2016. Click here for presentation!
Click here for current very informative announcements from the Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO)!
7 Good Business Habits for Young Farmers...Click here!
NEWS RELEASE - USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmlands & Improve Property - Producers, Including Beginning
& Underserved Farmers, Have a New Option to Gain Access to Land - Click here!
Do You Want Your Receipt? Texas Farmers & Ranchers to Receive Documentation of USDA Services...Click here for details!
Click here for Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Monthly Newsletter.
4 Estate Planning Documents You Need Beyond A Will...Click here!
USDA STRIKEFORCE INITIATIVE FOR TEXAS! Click here!
Texas Department of Agriculture Announces Funding Available for Organic Producers. Click here for details....
"On the Right Track" - Article on the unprecedented visit by James Gore, Assistant Chief of Natural Resource Conservation
Service (NRCS) to the site of TSFR/CBO State Headquarters. Click Here!
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack & Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan with Wade Ross,Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers
at the Honor Awards on patio of U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., Wednesday September 12, 2012 - CLICK HERE
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces a new Microloan Program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed
to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. Click here.
Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/CBO TECHNOLOGY CENTER!! Click Here!