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AUSTIN – Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced grant awards for 33 young farmers and ranchers totaling $306,440 through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Young Farmer Grant Program. Today’s announcement comes as part of a larger effort to promote and sustain Texas’ position as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as support younger agricultural producers.
“With only six percent of our farmers and ranchers under the age of 35, now more than ever, it is imperative that we support this critical segment of our industry,” Commissioner Miller said. “The future of Texas agriculture lies partly in the hands of our next generation who are today’s young farmers. I’m pleased to be announcing this second round of grant awards. I cannot wait to see the impact these bright young folks have on Texas agriculture.”
Agriculture producers between the ages of 18 and 45 are eligible for the Young Farmer Grant Program. Funds are used to help create, sustain or expand agricultural businesses in Texas. Among the 33 recipients are producers specializing in all areas of agriculture, including horticulture, livestock, apiary and cheese-making.
“Our young farmers are facing challenges different from the preceding generations with more and more mouths to feed,” Commissioner Miller said. “It won’t be an easy task, but I know these grant winners are up for the challenge.”
By supporting young farmers, TDA aims to maintain a vital agriculture industry for generations to come. Grant recipients must be able to match grant awards dollar-for-dollar. The Young Farmer Grant Program is funded by agricultural vehicle registration fees paid for by farmers.
For a complete list of award recipients and more information about the program, click here.