The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has scheduled a private pesticide applicators training in Brownwood for those seeking a Texas Department of Agriculture license.

The training will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17. It will be held at the Brown County Extension Office located at 605 Fisk Avenue Brownwood. The license allows individuals to purchase and apply restricted use/state limited use pesticide for agricultural purposes.

Anyone wanting to obtain their private applicators license must go through a training prior to testing. This training will be for those who do not have a current license; it is not continuing education training. The test is no longer held in conjunction with the training but license applications and testing procedures will be provided.

Individual registration is $50. The fee includes manuals and the training. For more information contact the Brown County Extension Office at 325-646-0386.

 

LUNCH-N-LEARN PROGRAM THURSDAY

Thursday, May 12 is the date of the next Lunch-N-Learn horticulture program conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The program will be held at the Brown County Extension Office. It will begin at noon. Dr. Charles Allen Extension Specialist from San Angelo will present the program. Topics include butterflies and pollinators in your home landscape. This Lunch-N-Learn noon time program is part of a series of horticultural programs to be held this year.

It is open to anyone interested. The registration fee is $25 for the series or $10 to attend an individual program. Dr. Allen does an outstanding job when he presents a program and the one on May 12 will be a good program. For more information contact the Brown County Extension Office at 325-646-0386.

 

USDA ESTABLISHES NEW PARTNERSHIPS TO LINK UNDERSERVED FARMERS TO FSA PROGRAMS

 

Minority, women, new and beginning, military veteran and urban producers to receive training and information on Agency services

 

The U.S. Department Agriculture (USDA) announced cooperative agreements with 55 partners to educate farmers and other producers that have been underserved by USDA programs historically about Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs that provide financial, disaster or technical support. Nearly $2.5 million will go to nonprofits, associations, universities, and foundations that will provide training and information on agricultural best practices, local networking opportunities, and more.

“We’re always working to find new ways for our programs to reach more producers and create more jobs in agriculture,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “The organizations selected as part of this effort share USDA’s priority of helping more Americans build successful farms and ranches.”

FSA, which solicited applications last fall, received nearly 100 proposals that requested over $9 million in funding. Cooperative agreements, encompassing more than 28 states, will be between $20,000 and $75,000 each and several involve multi-state or national efforts. A list of awardees can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach.

FSA also announced today that it is accepting proposals for consideration in the second evaluation period. Applications are due no later than July 11. Projects not selected during the first evaluation period will be reconsidered during the second period. Additional information on the funding solicitation and the related FSA programs can be found at www.grants.gov using reference number USDA-FSA-CA-2016-001. For nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that are considering participation, a recording of the online informational session held with stakeholders is posted on the web at www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach.

USDA is also helping producers find an entry into farming through urban agriculture opportunities and the increasing consumer demand for locally-produced items. Under this Administration, USDA has invested more than $1 billion in over 40,000 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects. USDA is committed to helping farmers, ranchers, and businesses access the growing market for local and regional foods, which was valued at $12 billion in 2014 according to industry estimates. More information on how USDA investments are connecting producers with consumers and expanding rural economic opportunities is available in Chapter I.