Farmer Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Ranchers

While farmers and ranchers across Texas adjust to the continuously evolving circumstances brought on by COVID-19, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will continue to update resources relevant to the businesses of farming and ranching and post them to this page. Please do not hesitate to contact the Texas Farm Fresh Initiative to let us know how we can best serve you and provide information in this swiftly changing environment.

Texas Resources


Updated 5/8/2020
Out-of-School Meals

Child nutrition programs are finding new ways to reach hungry children and families while schools are out of session and your Texas products are needed more now than ever. The School Meal Finder map located here contains detailed information for sites across the state that continue to serve meals to children while schools are closed, including site address, associated school district, type of meal offered, days open, and start and end dates. We strongly encourage Texas producers to continue working with child nutrition experts in your area to provide local foods.

Grants and Loans

Updated 5/21/2020

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller