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The Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (TMBC) is a Community-Based Organization. The purpose of the Coalition is to establish and maintain the health, social, environmental, and economic integrity and survival of small, rural communities along the Texas-Mexico border.
Eagle Pass, TX, February 3, 2015 – The Maverick County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) #253 will be hosting a free Ag Day from 8 am to 4 pm on Fri., Feb. 27, 2015 at the International Center for Trade, 3295 Bob Rogers Drive, in Eagle Pass.
According to Javier Mancha, Maverick County SWCD Board Chairman, “Maverick and the surrounding counties of Dimmit, Zavala and Val Verde are seeing an increase of beginning ranchers and farmers and we and want to share opportunities on how they can be successful in their farm or ranching endeavors.”
Topics to be presented include:
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Bill programs for conservation technical and financial assistance to producers
USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) new Micro Loan program for financial assistance to help producers
Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Fever Tick Regulation for cattle producers
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on highway and road safety for farm vehicles and equipment
Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) on wildlife and feral hog hunting regulations
Texas Department Agriculture (TDA) on pesticides laws and regulations
NRCS on prescribed grazing and stocking rates
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension on chemical brush control of mesquite and huisache
NRCS on irrigation efficiency and methods.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for attendees completing the workshop. Free lunch will be available, please RSVP by Feb. 25, 2015.
The “Ag Day” will include information booths for the USDA NRCS and USDA FSA.
For more information or to RSVP contact Ms. Jeanette Edwards at 830-776-2233 or Serafin M. Aguirre at 830-773-2518.
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It’s that time of year again when the mesquite are losing or lost their leaves and the prickly pear is more exposed to get a good dose of Surmount. If you have a prickly pear problem, especially growing under your mesquite and other brush; then now is the time to do an aerial application to control the pear. Please call me to set an appointment to visit your ranch today. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Clay Wolter Helena Chemical Company South Texas Range & Pasture Specialist (361) 816-5814 WolterC@helenachemical.com
Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantages producers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 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. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans.
“I have met several small and beginning farmers, returning veterans and disadvantaged producers interested in careers in farming who too often must rely on credit cards or personal loans with high interest rates to finance their start-up operations,” said Vilsack. “By further expanding access to credit to those just starting to put down roots in farming, USDA continues to help grow a new generation of farmers, while ensuring the strength of an American agriculture sector that drives our economy, creates jobs, and provides the most secure and affordable food supply in the world.”
The new microloans, said Vilsack, represent how USDA continues to make year-over-year gains in expanding credit opportunities for minority, socially-disadvantaged and young and beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States. The final rule establishing the microloan program will be published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Federal Register.