Some of the organization’s recent growth is a result of their work through a USDA outreach grant. The TSFR and the Texas/Mexico Border Coalition (TMBC) CBO are the primary organizations tasked through a USDA three-year grant with coordinating outreach efforts and training, along with providing technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The University of Texas Pan American is the lead institution in this advocacy and outreach program.

Ross works closely with staff from the NRCS on communication efforts and in providing speakers for workshops and field days who provide information on conservation planning, technical assistance and Farm Bill programs.

Along with NRCS, other federal entities involved in the project are the USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA), USDA-Rural Development (RD) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Partnering state entities are the Texas Soil and Water Conservation District Board (TSWCDB), Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Local Resource and Conservation Development (RC&D) Councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts are cooperative partners.

For more information on scheduled workshops or field days contact Wade Ross at (979) 589-3649 or visit www.texassmallfarmersandrancherscbo.com. More information on the NRCS, its partners and activities can be found at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov, http://twitter.com/NRCSTexas or www.facebook.com/USDANRCSTexas.