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Click here to view RFDTV Program "Out On the Land" featuring Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO helping small farmers.

USDA/NRCS Producer Profile TSFR/CBO Member, RICKY RODDY wins 3rd place in the 2015 Lloyd Wright Small Ranchers Award. Click here for video of Roddy and his family farm in McLennan county as owners of the RR Ranch.

USDA/NRCS Conservation Plan Process...click here!

USDA/NRCS Beginning Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

USDA/NRCS Organic Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

USDA/NRCS Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

For TSFR/CBO Regional Events/Information - go to "Meetings/Events" page.


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!



   USDA-NRCS to 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 or todnechia.mitchell@tx.usda.gov

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

College Station, TX 

 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 

Roundtable Meeting
August 18, 2017 - Wolfe City, TX

Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO Founder & State Director

Keith D. Hiser, District Director, USDA/FSA Sulphur Springs

David Mims, 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!


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!




Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers learn from the Beef 706 experts about beef quality management....click here for details.


TSFR/CBO is acknowledge when Wade & Anita Ross receives the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees 2nd Place Lloyd Wright Small Farmer Award at the 2017 Outreach & Agriculture Education Expo in Atlanta, GA, Saturday, December 2, 2017. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF PRESENTATION.


Horace Hodge, Vice President of National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees

Anita Ross, TSFR/CBO Exec. Admin  & Owner of Hoaganie Farm Products

Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO Founder & State Director & Owner of Hoaganie Farm Products 

Lloyd E. Wright, Honored & Retired USDA Employee