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The Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) is collaborating with Coy Poitier, Chairman of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Dallas Urban County Committee, to explore a series of webinars about how Texas farmers and ranchers can benefit from participating in USDA programs. One of our goals is to highlight small, urban, and historically underserved producers who have successfully accessed technical or financial assistance from USDA.

Register today and please share with other farmers – experienced, new, and aspiring farmers are welcome!

FSA Farm Loan Opportunities – May 8, 2024 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvf–prjIqHNJybYGzOIVI27ax6gzY9wpc

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is a USDA agency that provides farm loans, disaster assistance, and much more. FSA loan programs can be a powerful tool to help you start or grow your farm business, but can seem daunting.

Join us in this webinar to learn about FSA farm loan opportunities with a particular focus on Farm Ownership, Farm Operating, and Microloan programs. You’ll hear from an FSA representative and three Texas farmers/ranchers on their experience working with FSA farm loans.

Bring your questions!

P.S. You need a farm number to access FSA loans. Check out the recording from our first USDA program webinar to learn more: https://www.txfed.org/courses/fsa-farm-numbers-what-why-and-how

A digital flyer for the webinar event. It provides the same details and adds that the webinar will be about FSA operating loans, ownership loans, and microloans, as well as USDA county committees. The facilitators are Coy Poitier & Fred Henderson. The speakers are Norma Morales, Joshua Coleman, Shakera Raygoza, and Alvaro Saucedo.

The Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) is collaborating with Coy Poitier, Chairman of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Dallas Urban County Committee, to explore a series of webinars about how Texas farmers and ranchers can benefit from participating in USDA programs. One of our goals is to highlight small, urban, and historically underserved producers who have successfully accessed technical or financial assistance from USDA.

Register today and please share with other farmers – experienced, new, and aspiring farmers are welcome!

FSA Farm Loan Opportunities – May 8, 2024 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvf–prjIqHNJybYGzOIVI27ax6gzY9wpc

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is a USDA agency that provides farm loans, disaster assistance, and much more to provide a “safety net” for farmers and ranchers nationwide. FSA loan programs can be a powerful tool to help you start or grow your farm business, but can seem daunting.

Join us in this webinar to learn about FSA farm loan opportunities with a particular focus on Farm Ownership, Farm Operating, and Microloan programs. You’ll hear from an FSA representative and three Texas farmers/ranchers on their experience working with FSA farm loans.

Bring your questions!

P.S. You need a farm number to access FSA loans. Check out the recording from our first USDA program webinar to learn more: https://www.txfed.org/courses/fsa-farm-numbers-what-why-and-how

A digital flyer for the webinar event. It provides the same details and adds that the webinar will be about FSA operating loans, ownership loans, and microloans, as well as USDA county committees. The facilitators are Coy Poitier & Fred Henderson. The speakers are Norma Morales, Joshua Coleman, Shakera Raygoza, and Alvaro Saucedo.

Working with NRCS – Conservation Planning & EQIP – April 17, 2024 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kduqrqDIsHdG545vGbpcwhxU3WXudBzAY#/registration

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a USDA agency that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Conservation planning is the first step to begin working with NRCS and their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is often the first financial assistance program agricultural producers apply to.

Join us in this webinar to learn about these two popular programs from NRCS. We’ll hear from an NRCS Texas Urban Conservationist and 3 Texas farmers/ranchers who will share their experiences working with the agency.

Bring your questions!

P.S. You need a farm number to access NRCS resources. Check out the recording from our first USDA program webinar to learn more: https://www.txfed.org/courses/fsa-farm-numbers-what-why-and-how

Coming Soon…

  • FSA Farm Loan Opportunities
  • RMA Programs for Small & Urban Farms

Previous Webinars:

At the Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF), we’re dedicated to fostering equitable local food systems while ensuring farmers can earn a decent living from farming year after year. Our initiative, “A Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market” SNAP-Ed Program, seeks proposals from qualified organizations to increase access to locally-grown fruits and vegetables at farmers markets among SNAP shoppers in Brownsville and Harlingen, Texas. SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the largest and most successful anti-hunger program in the U.S. and helps boost local economies when shoppers use their benefits with local food producers. 

Project Overview

The chosen contractor will collaborate closely with TCLF Farmers Market Specialists to engage SNAP recipients within a 30-minute radius of Brownsville and Harlingen. With a $10,000 budget, we aim to reach 5,000 unique SNAP recipients, distributing educational materials, participating in monthly outreach events, fostering community partnerships, and providing feedback to TCLF staff.

Desired Qualifications

We seek bilingual (English and Spanish) contractors with experience in serving SNAP beneficiaries and conducting outreach in the targeted regions. Alignment with TCLF’s mission and goals as well as collaborative communication are essential. Our ideal candidate shares our vision of equitable food systems and is committed to empowering communities through access to nutritious, locally sourced produce. Successful candidates will demonstrate initiative, a spirit for innovation, and high levels of reporting and evaluation transparency. 

Submission Details

Please review the Request for Proposals document. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals to Yelitza Garcia (Yelitza@TexasLocalFood.org), detailing qualifications, proposed strategies, and references from previous projects. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a contractor is selected.

Join Us in Making a Difference

At TCLF, we’re driven by the belief that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food. By partnering with farmers markets and dedicated organizations, we can make this vision a reality. Together, let’s empower SNAP recipients, support local agriculture, and build stronger, healthier communities. We eagerly anticipate your proposals as we embark on this journey of positive change.

The Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) is collaborating with Coy Poitier, Chairman of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Dallas Urban County Committee, to explore a series of webinars about how Texas farmers and ranchers can benefit from participating in USDA programs. One of our goals is to highlight small, urban, and historically underserved producers who have successfully accessed technical or financial assistance from USDA.

Register today and please share with other farmers – experienced, new, and aspiring farmers are welcome!

Working with NRCS – Conservation Planning & EQIP – April 17, 2024 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kduqrqDIsHdG545vGbpcwhxU3WXudBzAY#/registration

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a USDA agency that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Conservation planning is the first step to begin working with NRCS and their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is often the first financial assistance program agricultural producers apply to.

Join us in this webinar to learn about these two popular programs from NRCS. We’ll hear from an NRCS Texas Urban Conservationist and 2-3 Texas farmers/ranchers who will share their experiences working with the agency.

Bring your questions!

P.S. You need a farm number to access NRCS resources. Check out the recording from our first USDA program webinar to learn more: https://www.txfed.org/courses/fsa-farm-numbers-what-why-and-how

A flyer for the NRCS webinar on April 17, 2024 featuring a photo of a butterfly on bee balm flowers. The flyer provides some additional information beyond the blog post. First, it shows that the webinar will cover two programs: Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). It also lists the  planned speakers: Coy Poitier, Fred Henderson, Michael Brooks, Ty and Tokie Morgan, and Kay Bell.

Coming Soon…

  • FSA Farm Loan Opportunities
  • RMA Programs for Small & Urban Farms

PREVIOUS WEBINARS:

FSA Farm Numbers: What, Why & How – March 6, 2024 – 6:00 – 7:00 PM CST

Recording: https://www.txfed.org/courses/fsa-farm-numbers-what-why-and-how

A farm number from USDA is the gateway to many public programs that can help grow, improve, and aid your farm or ranch in times of need. If you’re interested in working with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), you’ll need to get a farm number! 

In this online community meeting, we’ll hear from an FSA representative on the benefits and process of getting a farm number, and three Texas farm businesses who have used farm numbers to access technical and financial resources for their farms. We’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A, so come ready with questions.

We’ll update this page with new webinars as we plan them. Stay tuned by following us at @TexasLocalFood on Instagram or Facebook.

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Young Farmer Grant application is open now through October 11, 2023. This grant opens two times per year and is an excellent opportunity for Texas farmers between 18 and 45 years young. There are very few *true* grant opportunities for for-profit farmers in Texas, and this one allows you to fund operational supplies, livestock, seeds/plants, labor, contract work, equipment (TDA will cover up to $5k), and more. The minimum request is $5k and maximum is $20k.

I’ve worked on several of these applications with farmers the past few years. Here are a few things to consider if you want to apply:

  • Funders love projects with specific goals, tasks, and timelines. And in this case, TDA wants to see that you have a specific project that will increase your farm’s production in terms of acreage planted, number of animals, yield, etc.
  • This grant is best for farmers with some sales and/or production history. It’s not required! But since TDA wants to fund commercial and not hobby farms, having a Schedule F (or other agricultural income tax form) or other production history documents will be a benefit to your application during review.
  • It is a 1:1 matching grant. In other words, if you request $10k from TDA, you have to “match” that with your own $10k. There is some flexibility around how you can provide match – it’s project dependent and we’re happy to chat with you more about it. While match can feel discouraging, the thing to keep in mind is… if you know you’re going to spend, for example, $10k on a specific project this year on your farm… why not apply to the grant and try to get 50% of that covered?
  • The grant is reimbursement based. You will have to cover costs of the project up front and then submit receipts to get funding. TDA knows things won’t always line up exactly to the penny if you’re awarded; it’s most about being in communication and getting approval for major changes!

To learn more, visit TDA’s webpage and read the Request for Grant Application. You can also watch a recorded presentation below about the grant by TDA’s Kat Neilson, who partnered with the Central Texas Young Farmers Coalition to host a virtual info session last year.

If you’d like to talk to someone at TCLF about applying and getting assistance with your application, then please submit an intake form with us!

TDA Young Farmer Grant Info Session – April 2022

Hey farmers! Southern SARE has released its request for proposal for Producer grants. We encourage you to have a look at it today and consider applying. Applications are due Nov 10, 2023.

SARE Producer grants give farmers the opportunity to conduct their own research projects. This competitive research grants program is intended to help farmers and ranchers develop sustainable production and marketing practices.  Maximum grant amount is $25,000 and project duration is 2 years.

Have a look, learn about this valuable grant program for farmers, SARE Producer grants. Read the grant Request for Proposals carefully and design your project to fit the requirements. If you need help, after you’ve read it and thought about an application, please contact us and we’ll help you and/or refer you to someone who can.

And hey if you don’t think you do research, listen to this podcast interview with our friends Brennan Washington (Southern SARE) and Felicia Bell (NCAT). Farmers do research – all the time.