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Spotlights

 
Farm Bill Website and Online Overview of Farm Bill Programs

 
For the latest on 2014 Farm Bill programs administered by FSA, please visit our Farm Bill website at www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill and for an FSA program overview please read, download and/or print our recently posted FSA Farm Bill Fact Sheet titled, What’s in the 2014 Farm Bill for Farm Service Agency Customers?

 
Guaranteed Lender Training
Lenders are encouraged to sign-up for an on-site classroom seminar or webinar training that will discuss the guaranteed loan program, regulatory updates and modifications made by the 2014 Farm Bill.

 
FSA at Work Across Texas 2013

 
The USDA Farm Service Agency delivered more than $1.9 billion in federal farm program payments and loans to Texas farmers and ranchers during Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 - Sept. 30, 2013). Click here to view the report which breaks payments down by program and county.

 
Acreage Reporting Dates for 2014 Have Changed

 
Many 2014 acreage reporting dates have changed and late-file fees will be assessed for 2014 late-file acreage reports. Click here to view a table and maps that outline acreage reporting dates by crop. For questions or acreage reporting dates for crops not listed, please contact your local FSA Office.

 

 

 
FSA has a national website for producers to list information concerning the need for or the availability of hay.

 
Texas Department of Agriculture Hay Hotline
Producers who have hay or need hay can call the Hay and Grazing Hotline toll free number 1-877-429-1998 or visit their website at http://www.gotexan.org/HayhotlineHome.aspx.

 

 
FSA Farm Loan Program

 
Emergency Farm Loans

 
USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.

 
Loan Uses:

 
  • Emergency loan funds may be used to:
  • Restore or replace essential property;
  • Pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year;
  • Pay essential family living expenses;
  • Reorganize the farming operation; and
  • Refinance certain debts.

 
Click Here to download an Emergency Loan package. We also encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.

 

 
Direct Farm Loans

 
FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lenders. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies. Our loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.

 
Click here for an FSA loan application package. We also encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.

 

 
Biomass Crop Assistance Program

 

 
This program is part of an environmental strategy to reduce the United States' reliance on foreign oil, improve domestic energy security and generate economic activity in the agriculture industry by supporting emerging biofuels markets through incentives programs for agriculture producers.

 
FSA provides incentives through BCAP to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who want to switch from growing traditional crops to new, unconventional bioenergy crops. These Incentives reduce the financial risk that the producer assumes when growing non-traditional crops used to produce heat, power, bio-based products and biofuels. To find out more click here.

 

 
Welcome to the Texas Farm Service Agency webpage

 
I am pleased to serve as the State Executive Director for the USDA Texas Farm Service Agency. My goal is to ensure that Texas farmers, ranchers and producers have the opportunity to fully utilize the technical assistance, funding and programs that FSA has to offer.

 
From 2009 to 2012, Texas FSA averaged $1 billion each year in investment in our state’s agriculture delivery system.

 
Texas plays a vital role in production agriculture in the United States. Texas leads the nation in the number of farms which total 247,500 farms. Additionally, Texas is a national leader in the production of cotton, wool and mohair.

 
Texas FSA serves the state's 254 counties through a network of 173 county offices and 33 Farm Loan Offices. The state office headquarters is based in College Station, Texas.

 
We are committed to providing full delivery of all available programs throughout the state. The Agency offers commodity, price support, disaster, emergency and conservation programs. FSA programs are designed to provide an important safety net for farmers and ranchers during times of economic uncertainty, disaster and emergency.

 
The FSA Farm Loan Program administers both direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans. The farm loan programs ensure that eligible producers have access to the capital they need to start, continue or expand their agricultural operation. FSA works with a network of commercial banks and lenders to provide government guaranteed loans for farm ownership and operations. In addition, the farm microloan program provides more flexible access to credit for smaller farming operations including specialty, niche and local food producers.

 
Texas FSA is eager to assist all eligible producers with their agriculture endeavors. We encourage new customers such as beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to review the resources available at FSA. We also seek veterans, many of which are returning to their homes in rural communities, to consider agriculture as a viable option for their career. We see a growing group of new farmers, which are women, who add a valuable contribution to the agriculture industry.

 
FSA directly impacts the lives of farmers and ranchers every day. Our continuous effort to assist producers ensures that a safe, affordable and nutritious food supply is readily available to all consumers.

 
Click here to view my biography.

 
Best regards,

 
Judith A. Canales
State Executive Director

 

 
Contact Us at:

 
United States Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
2405 Texas Ave. S.
College Station, TX 77840
979/680-5151 Voice
979/680-5235 Fax

 

 

 

 
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