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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.
McCOOK — With the clock ticking down, crop policy experts are reaching out to rural farmers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to inform them about long-term decisions they’ll have to make soon under the 2014 farm bill.
The Hidalgo/Starr County 2014 Farm Bill Workshop Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parish Hall, 28212 Farm-to-Market Road 2058 in McCook, just south of Farm-to-Market Road490.
One Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit for private pesticide applicators will be available.
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.