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Small Producers Initiative

About the Initiative

The Small Producer Initiative is a group of faculty, staff, and community members interested in promoting and serving the needs of small agricultural producers involved in:

  • ​growing vegetables and fruits,
  • ranching or livestock production on a small acreage,
  • running a nursery,
  • commodity cropping, or
  • selling in small marketplaces.

​We are committed to needs of small producers of all types, including those who have historically been excluded from programs, information, funding, and land necessary for production and those who are just beginning to produce food and fiber.

The USDA defines small farms as those under $250,000 in gross sales annually.

 

 

 

¿Quiénes somos?

La iniciativa para pequeños productores es un grupo de profesores, empleados/ personal, y miembros de la comunidad interesados en promover y servir las necesidades de los pequeños productores agrícolas dedicados a:

  • Cultivar vegetales y frutas
  • criar ganado en fincas pequeñas
  • El mantenimiento de un vivero
  • El cultivo de productos básicos
  • La venta en mercados locales/ pequeños

Estamos comprometidos con las necesidades todo tipo de productor pequeño, incluyendo aquellos que han sido históricamente excluidos de programas, información, financiación, y de terrenos necesario para la producción y aquellos que apenas están comenzando a producir alimentos y fibras textiles.

Current Programs

The RURAL-V grant, awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, is assisting us in reaching out to small producers in four main ways:

  1. ​An informational website (this website),
  2. Webinars on topics identified by small producers (held in March through May, 2017) and recorded for further viewing,
  3. Tours of small production facilities and research facilities related to small farms in the region (Summer 2017), and
  4. free in-person workshop on the campus of Texas State University (held in July or August 2017).

We will also be connecting small producers to USDA programs, technical experts, and other resources.

To find out more, please complete our information form.

This program is funded to outreach to US Military Veterans and historically disadvantaged groups of farmers and ranchers, per USDA guidelines. However, our technical information, workshops, and webinars are available to all. Special stipends and scholarships will apply to specific groups of participants.

Programas Actuales

La beca RURAL-V fue otorgada por la oficina de defensa y compromiso ( Advocacy and Outreach Office) del USDA , nos está ayudando a acercarnos a los pequeños productores de cuatro formas principales:

1. Un sitio web informativo

2. Seminarios web en temas de interés para pequeños productores y grabados para reproducciones futuras

3. Tour de pequeñas facilidades de producción e investigación relacionadas a las pequeñas granjas de la región, y

4. Un taller gratuito en Texas State University (en agosto 2017)