Grant Offers Hope for Young Texans

August 30, 2011 05:18 AM
 

 

Young producers in Texas are now eligible to apply for grants from the state that will help them expand or start farming. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced the availability of grants through Texas’ Young Farmer Grant Program which was established in 2009, young farmers have to act fast the deadline for applications is FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2.
 
The grants come at an important time for Texas agriculture. The 2007 Census revealed the average age of a farmer in Texas was 59, it also revealed only 6% of the state’s producers were younger than 35. Commissioner Staples hopes the grants will help change that.
 
"Attracting the younger generation into domestic food and fiber production is vital for any Texan who does not want to be dependent on foreign food like we are on foreign oil," Commissioner Staples said in his announcement earlier this week. "For more than a decade Texas farmers have funded a financing authority to assist our state's young farmers. The Young Farmer Grant Program provides a way for young farmers to offset financial challenges that often deter them from working in agriculture. Additionally, these grants will help fill the boots of an older generation of food and fiber providers who are nearing retirement."
 
The grant program is funded by Texas farmers who fund the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority. The program is available to young people, ages 18-45, who want to start an agriculture business in Texas. Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.
 
Applications are available by clicking here or by calling 1-(877)-428-7848. Applications must be e-mailed or postmarked by Friday, Sept. 2.

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