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Overview of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

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USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19

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USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Ready Set Go!  Here is the news all you producers have been waiting for:

Beginning May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses.  More information can be found at

Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19-Heres the low-down

Make sure you are on their list by calling or emailing before May 26.  

Call or email FSA Director Tracy Meadows/Office if you have any questions 940-627-2721.

Marty Morgan

Wise County Ag Agent

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

206 S State Street

Decatur TX 76234



A video gardening series to help beginners start a vegetable garden, maintain, and produce a harvest that they will enjoy throughout the season!    Link: Garden Wise Video Series

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Pasture Management Strategies Workshop has been CANCELLED!  If you registered and paid, please come by the office for a full refund


Need a Private Pesticide Applicator License to do weed and brush spraying on your own property? I plan to have up to 6 opportunities during this year and the first training I have planned will be on Friday, march 20, 2020 from 8:30am to noon, here at the Wise County AgriLife Extension Office, 206 S. State Street, Decatur TX, 76234. The cost is $60 which includes two training manuals and all the necessary forms you will need to send in to TDA and take the test.

The Texas Department of Agriculture license fee is $100, and the required exam will cost $64 and the nearest location to take the exam is Ft Worth or Wichita Falls. Once you pass the test and receive your license from TDA, it is good for 5 years and you will need to accumulate 15 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) in that five-year period. Of the 15 that TDA requires, 2 CEU’s must be for Laws & Regulations and 2 for Integrated Pest Management, the remaining 11 can be generals or a mix of any of them. You may attend our educational programs we put on throughout the year to acquire the needed CEU’s.

Our Private Pesticide Applicator License class is limited to the first 15 people, so if you would like to take this training please contact our office and register by January 24th at 940-627-3341. I will work out the dates for the rest of the year very soon and get it out to everyone and post it in all the farm & ranch stores throughout the County.

Please note: The Private Pesticide Applicator License is for agricultural producers and landowners who apply restricted use pesticides to their own property. If you want to do spraying for your neighbor or for hire with a restricted use pesticide you will need to get a Commercial License, the annual fee for this is $200, and you are required to acquire 5 CEU’s per year and renew your license annually. Unlike the Private Applicator license, you do not have to take a training class for a commercial or noncommercial license, but I highly recommend you take our training as it will help you prepare for the test. We provide you with the two manuals you will need for any license.




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