Trade & Business Development

The Trade and Business Development Division supports the agency’s mission by administering programs that empower rural communities, encourage healthy lifestyles, protect consumers and promote production agriculture. The Division is composed of three offices: the Office of Rural Affairs, Marketing and International Trade and Grants.

The Office of Rural Affairs is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in rural Texas. Taking advantage of available federal funds and a statewide outreach network, this office provides rural communities the tools needed to attract and retain businesses, expand and improve public infrastructure, and secure quality health care. 

Marketing and International Trade promotes Texas agriculture, businesses and communities on the state, national and international levels. Whether they’re grown, sewn or served on a plate, the products promoted by this office find their way to more than 25 million Texans who shop, travel and dine out in support of Texas businesses and agriculture.

The Grants Office is responsible for administering numerous state and federal grants, loans and cooperative agreements available to farmers/ranchers, universities and schools, non-profits and private entities across the Lone Star State. The office also provides financial assistance to agricultural producers, especially young farmers and ranchers, to expand their production capabilities.

Please see the menus below to find information on specific programs.