Thursday, May 26, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found

Reward! Lost: Fox Terrier, white and orange female, named Sara, no collar, went missing May 1, near F.M. 775 and 3432. Call Lindsay at 210-284-0094.
*Includes FREE photo online! mywcn.com/lostandfound

VideoLost: German mix, male, tip of one ear missing, micro chipped, last seen with blue collar and blue bone tag with name and house number. Call if found, 830-779-2512.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Very part-time help needed to feed cats, chickens, and horses, Monday-Friday, 2 times per day, morning after dawn but before 9 a.m. for approx. 30-45 minutes and p.m. before dark (summer about 6-8 p.m., winter 4-5 p.m.) for approx. 60-90 minutes. Suitable for someone who lives near location, which is exactly halfway between New Berlin and La Vernia. No smoking and requires working in all weather conditions. Long term job, it will not replace income, it will supplement. 830-372-5762.  
Billing clerk: Must have Quick Books and Open Invoice experience. Cortex software is a plus. MS Office applications, computer equipment, scanning, and filing a must. Application - call Engineered Well Service Floresville, Texas, 830-216-0509.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Ag Department celebrates 150 years




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
December 19, 2012 | 2,574 views | Post a comment

TEMPLE -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commemorated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the USDA on May 15, according to a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service press release.

President Lincoln established the USDA because he recognized the potential of America’s farmers to find new ways to cultivate the land with advances in research and technology, allowing them to provide a safe, ample food supply for our nation and the world.

In one of President Lincoln’s only speeches on agriculture at the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in 1859, he said, “... no other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture.” Two years later, in what would be his final annual message to the Congress, Lincoln called USDA “The People’s Department.” At that time, the population of the United States was about 31.4 million, and about half of all Americans lived on farms. Today, with a population of almost 313 million people, 2.1 million farms are operating in the United States.

Over the past 150 years, USDA’s work with food science, agriculture, economic development, science and research, natural resource conservation, community development, and alternative energy sources fulfills Lincoln’s vision “to touch the lives of every American, every day.” The success of the agency can be shown daily as Americans benefit from the safety, security, and maintenance of our food and water supply, land and forest resources, advancing school systems, and continually evolving rural communities. Twenty million Americans are employed through our food, fuel, and fiber industries, and almost 1 million jobs have been created through agricultural exports. The USDA maintains a strong farm safety net to help keep American agriculture secure from the market and weather, and is leading the way on renewable energy projects, implementing funding for energy-saving technologies to farms, ranches, and businesses.

Texas

In Texas, the mission of the USDA is upheld through the work of the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development.

In 2011 alone, the Natural Resources Conservation Service worked with Texas farmers and ranchers to invest $121.4 million in conservation programs authorized through the federal Farm Bill, to help protect water, soil and air resources, wildlife, forests, and rangelands throughout the state. The conservation service has provided conservation-related products and service that enable people to be good stewards of the nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands since 1935.

Throughout Texas, the Rural Development provided more than $1.55 billion in funding to recipients in 2011 through programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas. Rural Development administers and manages housing, business, and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices.

The Texas Farm Service Agency promoted American agriculture by delivering nearly $1.4 billion in federal farm program payments and loans to Texas farmers and ranchers during fiscal year 2011. The Farm Service Agency’s farm programs include price support, commodity operations, conservation, and disaster programs that provide assistance and relief for producers. The Farm Service Agency also helps family farmers and ranchers by offering direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans as well as emergency loans to producers who cannot obtain commercial financing from a traditional lender.

For more information on the 150th anniversary of the USDA or programs and services offered through the agency, visit http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Customs intercepts pest new to the United States (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Does wounded tree have a chance? (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mother Nature whips Wilson County crops (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Scrapie confirmed in Texas (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 25, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef cattle seven-year decline ends (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Educational video for water well owners (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Free Beef Quality Assurance training set for May 25 (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Fretwell wins Region 8 high school all around rookie saddle (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grant to restore, enhance the monarch butterfly habitat (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Grass-fed beef conference (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Gun safety and barbecue in New Braunfels (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia Poultry Judging wins state, advances to nationals (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lawn, landscape, rainwater program May 21 in Floresville (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lesser prairie chicken off the list (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Luling Foundation Field Day (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Protecting your tomatoes (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 18, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. As El Nińo fades, expect warmer, drier weather says Texas A&M expert (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Floresville team wins second at state (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Llamas, load up! (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Transplanting mountain laurels (May 11, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. 2016 La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef, forage symposium May 10 (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cattle raisers’ crime watch (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Corn acreage increases in Texas (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Help controlling the weeds (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Krueger leads the way at La Vernia stock show (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Land Heritage nomination deadline nears (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Recap (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Texas Hay Report (May 4, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. May 2016 Gardening Calendar (May 1, 2016)
Coupons ag-right
Voncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride RealtyHeavenly Touch homeTriple R DC Experts

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.