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Click here to view RFDTV Program "Out On the Land" featuring Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO helping small farmers.

USDA/NRCS Producer Profile TSFR/CBO Member, RICKY RODDY wins 3rd place in the 2015 Lloyd Wright Small Ranchers Award. Click here for video of Roddy and his family farm in McLennan county as owners of the RR Ranch.

USDA/NRCS Conservation Plan Process...click here!

USDA/NRCS Beginning Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

USDA/NRCS Organic Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

USDA/NRCS Socially Disadvantaged Farmers Program Assistance...click here!

For TSFR/CBO Regional Events/Information - go to "Meetings/Events" page.

2017 AG CENSUS IS UPON US!..Make sure your farm or ranch counts! Your agricultural operation, large or small, is important to U.S. agriculture. USDA/NASS (National Agriculture Statistics Service) conducts a census of all agricultural operations every five years as well as other agricultural surveys. CLICK HERE TO MAKE SURE YOUR OPERATION COUNTS!


TSFR/CBO Honors 2016 High School Graduate

 Stephen Perry "P.J." Lewis, Jr.


Place of Birth: Palestine, TX
Grade: Freshman in College
Hobbies: Listening to music, laughing and having fun with friends and family.





About P.J. and His Future Plans: Stephen Perry "P. J." Lewis, Jr. is the son of Stephen Perry Lewis, Sr. and Gwendolyn Lewis - Martinez.   P.J. has been an active member of the Rising Star Baptist Church since his younger years, and he currently serves as the Youth Choir President and has previously served as the Junior Sunday School Superintendent.  P. J. was a member of the Grapeland Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter for three years of his High School career.  For two of those three years, he served as secretary of the FFA chapter.  P.J. also participated on the 2014-2015 State Forage Finalist team. He also participated on many Leadership Development Event teams, such as Jr. Skills Team, Public Relations, and Agricultural Issues.  P.J. served as Class President for all four years of his High School career, and was voted as the Beta Club President during his Senior Year of High School. P. J. was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Theater Arts, and the High School Band where he served as President during his Freshman year.  P. J. had strong participation in High School athletics where he played football for three years, managed the basketball team for two years, ran track, power lifted, and played tennis. On May 27, 2016 P. J. graduated from Grapeland High School finishing 9th in class of 41 students. He will be attending Blinn College in Bryan, TX starting this fall to become a Registered Nurse (RN).  Immediately following his completion of his Associates Degree in Nursing, he will enroll in a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) transition program.  After gaining a year or two of experience and working in an ICU, P. J. will apply CRNA school to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).




New TSFR/CBO Outreach Meeting Location


Serving Texas Counties of

 Hill, Limestone,McLennan, Milam, & Navarro





Falls County Booker T. Washington


Alumni & Ex-Student Association Building


216 Falls Street, Marlin, Texas 76661



2016 Meeting Schedule @ 6:30 PM:


·       June 23, 2016 (Excellent meeting with informative feedback from attendees!)


·       August 18, 2016 (Excellent feedback from Round-table discussion w/ Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO State Director & Local USDA/NRCS Conservationist.)


·       November 17, 2016 (Continuing Round-table discussion meeting w/ Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO State Director & Local USDA/NRCS Conservationist & FSA Farm Loan Manager)


TSFR/CBO, USDA/NRCS & FSA Partner for Continuing Roundtable Discussions, Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Marlin, Texas...Click here for meeting details.

UNITED IN OUTREACH!  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) State of Texas Directors  and Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights joined TSFR/CBO at first meeting, June 23, 2016 at new outreach location in Marlin, TX!


 From Left to Right:

  • Salvador Salinas, State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS);
  • Judith A. Canales, State Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA);
  • W. Wade Ross, State Director, Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/CBO;
  • Paco Valentin, State Director, USDA Rural Development (RD)

Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights (OASCR)


TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS presents workshop "NRCS Assistance in Developing & implementing a Farm/Ranch Conservation Plan", Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Wolfe City, Texas...Click here for details.

Great feedback from TSFR/CBO Financial Literacy Workshop on March 31, 2016. Click here for presentation!

Click here for current very informative announcements from the Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO)!

7 Good Business Habits for Young Farmers...Click here!

2016 USDA 1890 Scholarship Presidental Application. Click here.

2016 1890 High School Application. Click here.

2016 1890 Scholars College Application. Click here.

1890 Hot Majors. Click here.

NEWS RELEASE - USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmlands & Improve Property - Producers, Including Beginning & Underserved Farmers, Have a New Option to Gain Access to Land - Click here!

Do You Want Your Receipt? Texas Farmers & Ranchers to Receive Documentation of USDA Services...Click here for details!

Click here for current National Agriculture Statistics!

Click here for Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Monthly Newsletter.

4 Estate Planning Documents You Need Beyond A Will...Click here!


Texas Department of Agriculture Announces Funding Available for Organic Producers. Click here for details....

"On the Right Track" - Article on the unprecedented visit by James Gore, Assistant Chief of Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to the site of TSFR/CBO State Headquarters. Click Here!


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack & Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan with Wade Ross,Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers at the Honor Awards on patio of U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., Wednesday September 12, 2012 - CLICK HERE

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces 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. Click here.


Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/CBO TECHNOLOGY CENTER!! Click Here!