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Texas investing in future of farming with young farmer grant


ROBERT:IT TAKES HARD WORK TO FEED OUR FAMILIES, GETTING FOOD FROM THE FARM TO THE TABLE.THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF FARMING, WITH A GRANT TARGETING YOUNG FARMERS. KXAN’S WES RAPAPORT INTRODUCES US TO THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF A YOUNG FARMER GRANT.GOT OUR TRAYWES: REBECCA HUME IS THE SPREADSHEET FARMER…REBECCA HUME///VRDNT FARMSI DEFINITELY HAVE A REPUTATION///I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A VERY TECHNOLOGY FORWARD FARMERâ| WES: AFTER WORKING AT OTHER AREA FARMS– SHE PUT ALL HER MONEY INTO THIS PLOT OF LAND IN BASTROP THIS YEAR — AND APPLIED FOR THE STATE GRANT.REBECCA HUME///VRDNT FARMSTHIS IS GOING TO GO A HUGE WAY TO JUST ACCELERATING MY GROWTHWES: THAT MONEY PAYS FOR EQUIPMENT, SEEDS, AND EFFICIENCY… REBECCA HUME///VRDNT FARMSTHIS PIECE OF MACHINERY IS DIGGING A TRENCH AND IS GENTLY LAYING THESE LETTUCE IN THE TRENCH AND THE PRESSER WHEELS ARE CLOSING THEMWES RAPAPORT///BASTROP, TEXASALL TOLD– REBECCA GOT CLOSE TO $20,000 IN GRANT MONEY– THE TX DEPT OF AGRICULTURE SAYS THAT’S MONEY WELL SPENT– AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF FARMING IN THE STATE…REBECCA HUME///RECIPIENT OF YOUNG FARMER GRANT THROUGH TEXAS DEPT. OF AGRICULTUREI’M USING A DIGITAL WEB INTERFACE FOR CHEFS TO BE ABLE TO ORDER SEAMLESSLY. I AM UTILIZING SOCIAL MEDIA A LOT TO TRY AND CAPTURE DIRECT SALES MARKETS. WES: SHE ALSO INNOVATES BY GROWING SPECIALTY VEGETABLES… LIKE THIS ASIAN LONGBEAN… GROWING UP IN CHINA AND THAILAND — SHE’S ADDING ASIAN INFLUENCE TO THE TEXAS PRODUCE MARKETPLACE… REBECCA HUME///VRDNT FARMSTHEY ABSOLUTELY JUST LOVE THE HEAT. THESE LONG BEANS, YOU CAN EAT THEM JUST LIKE A GREEN BEAN, THEY ARE REALLY DELICIOUS REALLY SWEET AND REALLY TENDER, JUST A LOT LONGER THAN WHAT YOU MIGHT NORMALLY EXPECT THE GRANT IS AWARDED TO FARMERS AGES 18 TO 46…IT’S MORE THAN SUSTAINING EXISTING FARMS — IT’S ABOUT EXPANDING AGRICULTURE…REBECCA HUME///VRDNT FARMSI LOVE HARD WORK AND I LOVE FEEDING PEOPLE ///HELP THEM UNDERSTAND WHERE THEIR FOOD IS COMING FROM, AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRE SOME NEXT GENERATION FARMERSWES RAPAPORT KXAN NEWSROBERT:HUME ALSO TEACHES ABOUT TECH TOOLS FOR FARMING AT NATIONAL AND STATE CONFERENCES — WORKING WITH FARMERS FROM AROUND TEXAS AND THE COUNTRY ON GETTING

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