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   USDA-NRCS to Host Farmer and Landowner Workshop in Waco


Temple, Texas, July 6 —The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Minority Landowner Magazine, will host a Farmer and Landowner Workshop in the Waco area September 5 and 6 to discuss conservation technical and financial assistance available through USDA and to provide the opportunity to demonstrate construction of a seasonal high tunnel.


Farmers, ranchers, ag industry representatives and the general public are invited to attend the informative meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Bellmead Civic Center (Senior Room), located at 3900 Parrish St. in Bellmead, Texas


Registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. followed by a program from 9 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided both days.   Attendees must be registered by August 24.  Register today by contacting Todnechia Mitchell - (254) 697-4949 –x101 or todnechia.mitchell@tx.usda.gov

The free workshop will provide landowners and land managers or those interested in being landowners/land managers about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that can assist them in accomplishing their goals. Staff from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) will share information to help improve your farm or ranch, whether large or small. USDA personnel will be available both days for sharing financial assistance and available programs for conservation planning, pollinators; soil health; farm loan programs, agricultural marketing; cattle and hay operations; high tunnels (hoop houses); erosion control; irrigation systems; Veterans programs and more.


On Thursday, September 6 attendees are invited to Kay Bell’s Farm located at 810 Penton Lane in Waco, Texas to take part in the construction of a high tunnel. A high tunnel is a covered structure used to protect crops to extend the growing season and in turn can help increase economic viability of farmers.


For more information, please contact Todnechia Mitchell, District Conservationist, or visit the NRCS Web site at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.


Thursday, March 29, 2018 - TSFR/CBO Outreach Roundtable Meeting - Time: 6:30PM - Location: Falls County Booker T. Washington Alumni & Ex-Student Association Bldg., 216 Falls Street, Marlin, TX 76661 - 


Presenter:  Terri Trevino, USDA/Farm Service Agency (FSA) Manager 

To work on a more personalized Microloan application bring  the following:

  1.  last pay statement
  2. most recent filed tax return
  3. if in operation for last 12 months, bring production yields, expenses & income. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - TSFR/CBO Presents Round-Table Discussion with Kevin J. Derzapf, USDA/NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, Weatherford, Texas - Topic: "NRCS Electric Fence Construction Specifications & Managing Winter Pastures" @ 11:00 AM at El Arbol Restaurant, 110 East Main St., Wolfe City, TX (Buy your own lunch.)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - TSFR/CBO Presents Round-Table Discussion with Brian Bailey, USDA/NRCS Soil Conservationist, Marlin TX @ 6:30 PM - Topic: "Local Work Group (LWG)Information/Logistics in East Texas Counties" - Location: Falls County Booker T. Washington Alumni Association & Ex-Students Association, 216 Falls St., Marlin, TX 76661.

Texas AgriLife Extension presents "MANAGING THE BEEF HERD", Friday, September 22, 2017, Camp Cooley Ranch Sale Pavilion, 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Rd., Franklin, TX 77859...3 CEU's...click here for registration details and info on Future 2017 Fall Programs!

11th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, September 24-26, 2017 in Historic Downtown McKinney, Texas...Click here to register by August 25th for Early Bird rates!

"Land Loss Prevention Workshop" Presented by USDA - Prairie View A&M - NIFA. Sept. 11 & 12, 2017 @ Crockett Civic Center. Click here for more details!

The Texas Grazing Land Coalition Presents the Texas Grazing Land Conference - August 29-31, 2017 in Waco, Texas...Click here for more information!

 Saturday, August 19, 2017 - TSFR/CBO Presents Round-Table Discussion with Keith D. Hiser, District Director, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), Sulphur Springs, TX on "FSA POLICIES ON SETTLING DISPUTES & CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES" @ 11:00 AM at El Arbol Restaurant, 110 East Main Street, Wolfe City, TX. (Buy your own lunch.)

 Beef Cattle Short Course

63rd Annual Beef Cattle Shortcourse. August 7-9, 2017. The largest beef educational event in the country! * 7+ CEU's offered. * Chance to win a $10,000 livestock equipment package! Click here for more information and to register.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - TSFR/CBO Presents Round-Table Discussion with Dr. Vanessa Olson, Associate Professor & Forage Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Overton, TX on "PROVEN METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES TO ESTABLISH & IMPROVE FORAGE" in Tyler, @ 10:00 AM at Luby's Restaurant, 1815 Roseland Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701 (Buy your own lunch.)

Farmers & Landowners Workshops Sponsored by USDA & Minority Landowner Magazine - June 19 & 20, 2017 - Click here for more information & to register.

O. D. Butler Forage Field Day

 The O. D. Butler Forage Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 19th at the Camp Cooley Ranch Division of Circle X Land & Cattle Company.  Registration for the event will begin at 8:00 am.  The GPS address is 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Rd., Franklin, TX.

This year's field day should have something to offer for everyone.  The morning program will feature concurrent sessions addressing: Avoiding Expensive Hay Loss; Ryegrass & Grass bur Control; and Utilization of Agricultural Lime to Correct Acidic Soils.

The field day will also feature more than twenty Ag Industry booths.  Sufficient time will be given for  participants of the field day to visit booths.  The booth sponsors will also donate items to be given away as door prizes throughout the day.

The catered roast beef lunch will be followed by a discussion focusing on laws and regulations related to feral hog management/control.  At the conclusion of the lunch program, we will move back outside for the aternoon portion of the program.

The afternoon program will feature several hay equipment companies demonstrating and discussing some of their equipment.  The lastest equipment used for cutting, raking and baling hay.  Execellent opportunity for hay producers to see and compare equipment first hand!  This should be a very interesting part of the day for most producers especially if you plan to buy or trade any hay equipment in the near future.

Producers will receive three CEU's toward renewal of the pseticide license for participating in the program.  The program will conclude around 4:00 pm with closing remarks and the final door prize drawings.

Please call 979-828-4270 to pre-register.  We need you to call and register so we can get an accurate count for lunch.  The registration fee of $25.00 can be paid at registration from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on Friday, May 19th.  Anyone needing special assistance in order to participate in this event should contact Edward Schneider at 979-828-4270 at least 3 days in advance so accommodations can be arranged. 


Saturday, May 20, 2017 - TSFR/CBO Presents Round-Table Discussion featuring speaker, Ralph B. Jordan, Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director (serving Harris & Panola Counties).   in Marshall, Texas, 1:00 PM at City of Marshall Fire Department, 601 S. Grove Street, Marshall, TX 75670 (Refreshments served.)
  • Information Needed When Visiting a Farm Service Agency - How to Register with FSA
  • Update on USDA-FSA Programs & Services:
    • MicroLoans
    • Farm 7 Storage Facility Loans
    • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance (NAP)
    • Receipt for Services

Saturday, April 22, 2017 TSFR/CBO Partners with USDA/NRCS for Field Day for "Field Training-Constructing Permanent Boundary & Cross Fences"........... Click here for flyer with details.

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

USDA & TSFRCBO Presents "How to Collect & Submit Soil Samples", November 19, 2016 in Wolfe City, TX...Click here for details!

TSFR/CBO Work Field Day - High Tunnel Construction on Saturday, November 19, 2016 @ 102 Dove Trail, Navasota, Texas beginning at 9:00 AM. 
For more information Email: TSFRCBO@Outlook.com

TSFR/CBO Partners with USDA/NRCS at NE Texas Meeting

Date:   Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time10:00 AM

PlaceMt. Zion C.M.E. Church, Redland Community, 150 Van Zandt County Rd. 4823, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754

Topic"Cost Share Assistance to Help Farmers & Ranchers Diversity"  &  "CBO Sponsored Applications to Apply for Free Shortleaf Pinetree Seedlings"

Presenter:  Wille Holman, Soil Conservationist, USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Lufkin, TX

Directions:  Travel approximately 26 miles east of Canton, TX on Hwy 64. Travel approximately 13.6 miles West of Tyler on Hwy 64. 

Church located at junction of Hwy 64 & 150 Van Zandt CR 4823.




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.

USDA & TSFRCBO Presents "How to Collect & Submit Soil Samples", November 19, 2016 in Wolfe City, TX...Click here for details!

 TSFR/CBO & USDA/Farm Service Agency (FSA) Presents Round-Table Discussion on "FARM & RANCH DISASTER PROGRAM" in Tyler, TX, Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:00 AM at Luby's Restaurant, 1815 Roseland Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701 (Buy your own lunch.)

Water Well Owner Training - November 2, 2016...Click here for details and to register!

TSFR/CBO Presents "Small Space Gardening" Workshop, Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Dallas, TX...Click here for details!

Texas AgriLife Extension presents "Managing the Beef Herd", Friday, September 23, 2016...Click here for details and to register.

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.

TSFR/CBO & USDA/Farm Service Agency presents meeting on "Available Assistance from the USDA-FSA Microloan Program" in Marshall, TX, Saturday, August 20, 2016. Click here for details.

TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS Partner for AG Roundtable Discussions hosted by Wade Ross, TSFR/CBO State Director, Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Marlin, TX...Click here for meeting details!

Click here to register for TEXAS A&M BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE, August 1-3, 2016

TSFR/CBO Presents Part 2 of Financial Literacy Workshop - "6 Steps to Leave Your Ag Legacy", Thursday, August 4, 2016 @ TSFR/CBO Tech Center in Navasota, TX. Click here for details!

TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS Presents "THINGS TO CONSIDER IN FARM & RANCH CONSERVATION" Meeting in Tyler, TX, Saturday, July 16, 2016, 10:00 AM at Luby's Restaurant, 1815 Roseland Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701 (Buy your own lunch.)

 Region 5A Location Change for Saturday, July 16, 2016.  Meeting will be @ 10:00AM held at Luby's Cafeteria, 1815 Roseland Blvd., Tyler, TX.  Topic:  "Things to Consider in Conservation Farm/Ranch Planning" - Presenter: Darin Smith, District Conservationist, Tyler, TX

TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS Presents "FIELD TRAINING ON SOIL HEALTH" Field Day, Saturday, June 11, 2016...Click here for details!

30th Annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day, May 20, 2016...Click here for details.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Brazos Valley Ruminent Committee invite you to attend ROJO Ranch Walking Farm Tour, May 12, 2016..Click here for details!

Soil Health Workshop - "Making Cents of the Science" - May 6, 2016 in Tyler, TX...Click here for details.

PVA&MU presents Agriculture Field Day, April 29-30, 2016. Click here for details!

Texas Beef Council - Beef 706 - April 26- 27, 2016..Click here!

TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS presents "3 Secrets of Successful Ranchers" Workshop, Thursday, April 21, 2016. Click here for details!

TSFR/CBO Region 3 Promotes GOAT MANAGEMENT SERIES...Click here for dates & details!

"African Americans in Nacogdoches County" book signing with author, Jeri Mills of TSFR/CBO Region 3. Click here for details.

TSFR/CBO Presents "Asset Protection For Your Lifetime & the Next Generation" Workshop, March 31, 2016 relating to rural land ownership, farm ranch operations, and leaving a strong legacy. Click here for details!

TSFR/CBO & USDA/NRCS Present "Managing Grasslands" Workshop, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Wolfe City, TX, presented by Kalissa Garland, District Conservation Bonham, TX...Click here for details.

TSFR/CBO Region 2 is Sponsoring 1 Day GUIDED WHITE TAIL DEER HUNT in Houston County for 2016 Youth Scholarship Fund Raiser Event...Click here to participate!

TSFR/CBO Region 2 Hosts - "Educational Field Day Workshop for Graduating Seniors" (Grades 10-12 Welcome), Saturday, October 3, 2015...Click here for details and to register!

"Helping Ourselves By Helping Others" Field Day Out On the PAC Ranch - Thursday, September 17, 2015...Click here for details & to register!

TSFR/CBO Region 4 OUTREACH WORKSHOP, Saturday, September 26, 2015 with Topics: 1) National Agriculture Statistics for Black Farmers - 2) What to Expect When Visiting a USDA Center - 3) Cool Season Grass Planting - 4) Restocking Your Herd...Click here !

"Educational Field Day Workshop for Graduating Seniors" - (Grades 10-12 Welcome), Saturday, October 3, 2015 - Click here for more details & to register!

Feral Hog Management Workshop- Friday, September 4, 2015...Click here to register.

TSFR/CBO Region 1 collaborates with Texas NRCS & Minority Landowners Magazine for FARMERS & LANDOWNERS WORKSHOP in Marlin, TX & CONSTRUCTION OF SEASONAL HIGH TUNNEL built from ground up!...Click here for more details and to register!

Juneteenth Sesquicentennial Celebration - 150 Years!! Click here!

"Farmscaping" on Juneteenth at the Land of Milk and Honey Vegetable Farm!!...Click here for details!

Robert Brown's Ranch Tour...Click here for details!

29th Annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day, Friday, May 15, 2015. Click here for details...

Workshop on "Taking Back Control" of What's Taking Over Your Operation - May 8, 2015..Click here for details...

Navasota River Texas Watershed Steward Workshop - May 7, 2015...Click here for details...

Prairie View A&M University AGRICULTURE FIELD DAY - April 24 - 25, 2015! Click here for more details on "How to Make $43,560.00 Farming One Acre of Land"....


WATER WELL TRAINING WORKSHOP at TSFR/CBO Technology Center, February 5, 2015! Click here to register.

Texas Drought Disaster Summit, Thursday, January 29, 2015. Scholarships available. Click here for more information.

TEXAS NRCS Zone 4 Farmers & Landowners Workshop in Tyler, TX - January 21 & 22, 2015. Click here for more details.

 Dear landowner and partner,

You do not want to miss an upcoming opportunity - the Farmers and Landowners Workshop. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will be hosting it in conjunction with Victor Harris of the Minority Landowner Magazine. This free event, which will culminate in a hands-on demonstration on how to construct a seasonal high tunnel on a local landowner’s property, will be held Jan. 21-22 in Tyler. Lunch will be provided both days.

On the first day, educational and information sessions will be held at Tyler Junior College’s Regional Training and Development Center conference room. Representatives from USDA agencies such as NRCS, Rural Development and Farm Service Agency, along with the private sector will discuss opportunities for landowners through 2014 Farm Bill conservation and loan programs, along with a high tunnel presentation by NRCS staff. Estate and heirs planning will also be discussed during the first day activities.

On the second day, attendees will meet at a local Smith County landowner’s property where you will be able to see first-hand how to construct a high tunnel. Throughout the second day, attendees will have time to visit on site with NRCS staff and Victor Harris as we all watch the tunnel be built.

CENTRAL TEXAS COW/CALF CLINIC - January 9, 2015 - Click here for details!

Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture & Human Sciences CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT INVITATION - February 28, 2014. Click here for details!

Region 1 Holds "Community Workday at the Farm"....Click here for details!

BEEF 706 - Beef Quality Management - Upcoming Session for Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO - Jan 16-17, 2014 - Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

TSFR/CBO hosts TEXAS WATERSHED STEWARD PROGRAM, February 18, 2014, 8:00AM - 12:00PM, Nacogdoches County Extension Office, Courthouse Annex, 203 W Main Street, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 - Click here to register & for more info.

BEGINNER FARMER OUTREACH WORKSHOP Sponsored by Prairie View A&M Coop. Extension Program, LAT & 100 Ranchers....Click here for details.

PLAN TO ATTEND JANUARY 14, 21 & 30, 2014 FARMING & RANCHING WORKSHOPS to connect agricultural producers with local experts from usda Natural resouces conservation services (nrcs) and farm service agency (fsa) to learn about agriculture financial assistance.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to learn about available help for cross-fencing, erosion control, seeding pastures, planting trees, livestock ponds, water wells, and water line, just to name a few!! 

> Click here for January 14, 2014 Meeting Info

> Click here for January 21, 2014 Meeting Info

> Click here for January 30, 2014 Meeting Info

Plan to Attend Upcoming Farming and Ranching Workshops Hosted by Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers CBO & Featuring Speakers From Local USDA/NRCS Field Offices in Counties Across East Texas. 

> Click here for December 12, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for December 5, 2013 Metting Info

> Click here for November 14, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for November 7, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for October 24, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for October 17, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for September 26, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for September 19, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for September 5, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for August 22, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for August 15, 2013 Meeting Info

> Click here for August 8, 2013 Meeting Info

District 8 Farm & Ranch Seminar, Dec. 12, 2013 (Multi-County CEU Event) - Click here for details.

SOCIAL MEDIA IN AGRICULTURE. A Free. Hands-on Workshop for Beginning Farmers & Ranchers. Click here for details.

2013 Fall Seminars on Establishing Local Markets for Small-Acreage Producers: Sustainability, Feasibility, and Marketing:

> Click here for October 8, 2013 Meeting Info


Product & Service Improvement Strategies for Small-Acreage Producers - Spring 2013 - Seminar Series - Click here for dates & locations

USDA Schedules 13 Public Meetings to Discuss Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher Settlement. TSFR/CBO to host meetings in counties of Brazoria, Kaufman, Gregg, McLennan & Grimes. CLICK HERE for dates & locations.

Workshop on Importance of Networking & Team Work for Small Acreage Producers, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Click here for more details.

Click here for July, 2013 Meetings at TSFR/CBO Technology Center

Blueberries!! Blueberries!! Blueberries!! Click here!

Click here for June, 2013 Meetings at TSFR/CBO Technology Center

Click here for May 2013 Meetings at TSFR/CBO Technology Center

Click here for April 2013 Meetings at TSFR/CBO Technology Center

TSFR/CBO Partners with USDA to present NRCS-FSA-RD Programs Information at meetings throughout East Texas! Click here for meeting information for April 25th & May 9th.

JUNETEETH CELEBRATION in Crockett! "Sustainable Farming on a Small Scale" Workshop - June 19, 2013 - Click here for details!!

Click here to register for TEXAS ORGANIC WORKSHOPS Conservation Planning for Organic Production, Seasonal High Tunnels, and Soil Health

TEXAS WATERSHED STEWARD WORKSHOP - Thursday, January 24, 2013: 8:00am - 4:00pm @ Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers Technology Center 1602 S. LaSalle Street, Navasota, TX 77868 Click here to pre-register on line or call 979.862.8070

TSFR/CBO & NRCS Kicks Off 2013-2014 Partnership Project in East Texas Counties - "NRCS Texas Outreach Initiative for the Socially Disadvantaged" - Click here for First Workshop Invitation

 TSFR/CBO Monthly Informational Meetings:
  • 1st Monday @ 6:00 PM, Houston County Electric Coop., 1701 Loop 304, Crockett, TX 75835 (To confirm topic - Email: Rlpwoot4tsfr@gmail.com)

  • 1st Tuesday @ 6:30 PM, TSFR/CBO Technology Center (Suite in Carver Community Center), 1602 S. LaSalle, Navasota, TX 77868  (To confirm topic - Email: Ollie@MyClearRecord.com


 2nd Tuesday @ 6:30PM, Nacogdoches Extension Office, 203 W. Main St., Nacogdoches, TX  75961 (To confirm topic - Email: mailto:RoyMill.46@gmail.com)