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Texas Rancher and Veteran Josh Eilers
FSA at Work Across Texas 2015
The USDA Farm Service Agency delivered nearly $2.2 billion in federal farm program payments and loans to Texas farmers and ranchers during Fiscal Year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015). Click here to view the report which breaks payments down by program and county.
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30. We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
Texas Livestock Producers in 174 Counties May Be Eligible for 2015 USDA Drought Disaster Assistance
The State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Texas, Judith A. Canales, reminds ranchers and livestock producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses incurred in 2015. According to Canales, 174 Counties in Texas have met qualifying drought ratings that trigger eligibility for 2015 livestock disaster assistance. Read the full article.
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?
USDA Hay Net
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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