April 14, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA is making up to $44 million available nationwide to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program.
April 5, 2016 - Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lance Jacobs, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
March 31, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that $5.8 million in competitive funding is available nationwide to help start, improve or expand cooperative businesses in rural areas.
March 25, 2016 - Rural Business Cooperative-Service Administrator Sam Rikkers has announced that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses.
February 24, 2016 – As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) ongoing efforts to boost opportunity in rural communities, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded six low-interest loans to local governments and community organizations that will spur rural economic development in five states. Secretary Vilsack announced the awards at the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties during a seminar with the White House Rural Council.
February 17, 2016 - With an abundance of homes for sale in most of rural Texas, buyers continue to have plenty of choices and lots of bargaining power. With the help of USDA Rural Development’s No Down Payment home loan programs, dreams of homeownership can come true.
August 19, 2015 - Back to school, back to the books, back shuttling students to and from extracurricular activities. The new school year likely means back to packing lunches and afterschool snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers, and all the other children who carry these items to and from home. One "back" you do not want to reacquaint children with, however, is foodborne bacteria.
May 20, 2015 - Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and many Americans will celebrate with cookouts, camping, road trips and other activities that involve food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is reminding families to take extra care not to let foodborne bacteria, which grows more quickly in hot weather, ruin the fun.