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Brazilian Manufacturer To Open Denim Mill
In Rio Grande Valley


A Brazilian denim manufacturer is pegged to start up in Edinburg, Texas, in 2010, according to Gov. Rick Perry’s office.

Sao Paulo-based Santana Textiles’ move to open a new factory in Edinburg should create at least 800 jobs, officials say.

They say Santana Textiles will invest between $170 million and $180 million in the factory and provide hundreds of well-paying jobs in the Hidalgo County seat.

Gov. Perry and company officials made the announcement at the University of Texas-Pan American. Local politicians are calling it one of the most important economic projects in the city’s 100-year history.

“If you’re going to manufacture denim, you might as well do it in a place where there is more denim than anywhere else – the state of Texas,” Perry says.

The new plant will make Santana Textiles the largest manufacturer in Edinburg and one of the biggest in the Rio Grande Valley. The average wage at the company will be around $26,500 a year, Perry says.


13 Texas Counties Scheduled To Receive Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 13 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas.

Borden County, Texas, was designated a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by fire that occurred on March 31. Farm operators in Dawson, Garza, Howard, Lynn, Martin, Mitchell and Scurry counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster benefits because their counties are contiguous.

Armstrong, Lubbock, Martin, Oldham, Potter, Sherman, Swisher, Willacy and Zavala counties were designated primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, and continuing.

Concho County, Texas, was designated a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by hail that occurred on May 14. Farm operators in Coleman, McCulloch, Menard, Runnels, Schleicher and Tom Green counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster benefits because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on June 27, 2008, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.


Conservation Programs Receive More Funding

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced an additional $200 million will be made available through the 2008 Farm Bill to help farmers and ranchers nationwide to solve natural resource problems through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). An additional $2.5 million will be available for Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) in 16 states.


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