Farm Bill Outreach Program

Texas Coalition of Rural Landowners in conjunction with the Marlin, TX Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will be hosting two meetings to provide insight into the Farm Bill process and its effect on rural America. The two-session program will feature speakers from USDA and local organizations to provide information about Farm Bill related programs that will benefit them. Please refer to flyer for additional details.

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2023 Young Farmer Grant – Round 2

Texas Agricultural Producers are encouraged to apply for the 2023 Young Farmer Grant (YFG) program. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is now accepting applications for this grant. YFG is administered by TDA under the direction of the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority (TAFA). The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance in the form of dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to individuals between the age of 18, but younger than 46 years of age at the time of the grant application submission deadline, who are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas. Applications that merely propose to sustain an existing agricultural business are not eligible for an award under this program. 

Agricultural Producer – An individual directly engaged in the production of agricultural products for commercial purposes, including crops (including farming); livestock (including ranching); forestry products; hydroponics; nursery stock; or aquaculture, whereby 50 percent or greater of their gross income is derived from those products.

The 2023 Application will be completed online. Please DO NOT e-mail, mail or deliver applications in person to the TDA Headquarters in Austin.

Please contact us via email at with questions. Additional details, instructions and the 2023 Round 1 application materials can be found here.

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The Policy Center Live is the official podcast of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center at Alcorn State University (The Policy Center). This series of visual podcasts is designed to educate people on policies that effect socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Join us monthly for episodes that focus on a specific areas of agricultural policy and their impacts.

On our first episode, Executive Director, Eloris Speight and Research Analyst, Dr. Kara Woods, discuss the background, purpose, and ongoing work of the Policy Center. 

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Register Today for Free Webinars on Preparing your Farm and Ranch Schedule F

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2:00pm CST.

Filing taxes for an agricultural operation can be challenging, and many producers may not have the funds to hire accountants or tax professionals to assist. Join USDA and Guido van der Hoeven, President of Land Grant University Tax Education Foundation, Inc. (LGUTEF) for an in-depth, line by line review of utilizing the Schedule F form to report taxable income earned from your operation.

Register here

The deadline for the 2022 Census of Agriculture has been extended

Deadline Extended to June 15th 2023

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land – whether rural or urban – growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity. Often times funds for USDA programs are allocated based on numbers generated by the census of agriculture. If you do not complete the census report YOUR worth is not recognized when funds to support both small scale rural and urban agriculture programs are being awarded.

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