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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21 Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020. WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of… Read More →

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for applying for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funds until 9-11-2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for applying for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program funds, and added dozens of herbs and specialties as eligible crops.  Growers now have until Sept. 11 to apply for the money; the original deadline was Aug. 28. Besides adding numerous specialty crops to the eligibility list, the USDA also added seven commodities to funds for sales losses.  The USDA’s Farm Service Agency, which is overseeing the program, has paid out 80% of the approved payments, to ensure funding for other applicants…. Read More →

Master Of Memory – Online Series

Many people believe that memory loss and aging go hand-in-hand: as a person gets older his or her memory begins to fail. While some change may be expected as you age, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it, in the absence of a brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s Disease – you can be proactive in using some strategies and lifestyle adaptations. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Wise County is partnering with counties across the state to offer a comprehensive education online series called, “Master of… Read More →

Preserving Your Harvest Online Canning Classes

Food Preservation classes-to help you take advantage of your summer produce. August 4-Introduction August 6-Water Bath August 11-Pressure Canning Learn how to preserve food! This 3 part online series will teach you the basics of canning. You will learn through online system with time for question and answer and resources. You will receive the knowledge of the safe practices needed to extend your garden harvest through the year. Classes are taught by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Community Health Agents. All classes are 6:30-7:30pm. They will be… Read More →

Wise County 4-H Clover Crates

We have been busy planning fun summer activities for our 4-H members! Each summer we plan DIY Day Camps open to 4-H and non-4-H youth, age 8 and up. Since this summer is different, due to kitchen size restrictions (we would have to limit each camp to 5 participants), we are releasing “CLOVER CRATES”! The topics for the crates include: art, nature, STEM, sewing, and Kids in the Kitchen. Each crate will have 4 to 5 activities and contains enough supplies for TWO youth! In the box, there… Read More →

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)

ATTENTION: Wise County Farmers and Ranchers USDA Now Accepting Applications for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Ok Folks, you can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which is making available $16 billion for vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities. This provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts… Read More →

Garden’Wise Video Series

Garden’Wise Video Series Marty Morgan, Wise County Ag Agent This gardening series will help beginners to start a vegetable garden, to grow, maintain and produce a harvest that they will enjoy throughout the season.  I believe it can help even the seasoned gardener as we all strive to learn new ways and methods to improve our gardening skills and yield a bountiful harvest. Soils in Gardens – Learn about soil testing, soil preparation, soil types and how to improve your soil to get the most out of the… Read More →

Do Well Be Well – Online Class

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Wise County is partnering with surrounding counties to offer a comprehensive diabetes education online series called, “Do Well Be Well with Diabetes.” The five-session series will provide participants with the latest  information on managing blood glucose through basic nutrition and self-care management.  Online classes will be live so that participants can interact with presenters. Diabetes is not curable, but it is manageable. People can learn skills to effectively manage their diabetes. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes program targets diabetes… Read More →

Cooking Well with Diabetes – Online Class

Chicken Tacos, Baked Catfish and Amazing Coconut Pie…sound good? These are just a few of the recipes offered in AgriLife Extension’s Cooking Well with Diabetes series. Healthy meals don’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, expensive or tasteless – even if you’re managing conditions such as Diabetes. During this time of Social Distancing, many people are cooking for themselves or family members at home… possibly running out of ideas, and probably ‘binge-ing’ on more than just television reruns. So, to support that effort, we’re offering our Cooking Well with… Read More →

Get Active – Take part in Walk Across Texas!

Get Active-Take part in Walk Across Texas! For those wondering how to get yourself more physically active and yet maintain social distancing during the chaos of the coronavirus, walking across Texas with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is a good place to start. Walk Across Texas! is an eight-week community program delivered through a web-based platform to help people of all ages and abilities establish the habit of regular physical activity. A large-scale community Walk Across Texas! challenge is coming April 6 – May 31 to Wise County. Walk… Read More →