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Small Producers Conference features “Capstone Speaker” Ray Archuleta

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 year's-experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.

After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consulting, LLC and Soil Health Academy, LLC to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.

SAVE THE DATE! Conference Just Around the Corner

Small ag producers

Texas State University's Department of Agriculture will host the

2nd Annual

Small Producers Conference

August 13 - 15, 2018

Conference Registration is open, register here.

Small Equipment Demonstration to be held on August 15th

The conference will be held in the Department of Agriculture’s building on Texas State University's campus from August 13th-14th and followed by a small equipment demonstration on August 15th. Registration is $75 before August 1 and $90 afterward and limited to 150 attendees.

All this is possible thanks to generous grants from the USDA programs of Office of Advocacy and Outreach and Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture, and from Capital Farm Credit.

Click here for details about the Small Producers Conference

Small Producer Initiative

The Small Producer Initiative is funded by USDA grants, both the RURAL-V grant, awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, and the Non-Land Grant Capacity Building grant assist in reaching out to small producers in four main ways:

  1. ​An informational website (this website),

  2. Webinars on topics identified by small producers and recorded for further viewing

  3. Tours of small production facilities and research facilities related to small farms in the region

  4. The Annual Small Producer Conference that includes in-person workshops, seminars and field visits as well as connecting small producers to USDA programs, technical experts and other pertinent resources

SPI Sponsors: USDA & Capital Farm Credit
SPI Sponsors: USDA & Capital Farm Credit

La Iniciativa

La pequeña iniciativa de productores está financiada por el USDA becas, tanto la subvención RURAL-V, otorgada por el Departamento de agricultura oficina de promoción y divulgación y la capacidad de concesión de tierra no de Estados Unidos

1. Un sitio web informativo (este sitio)

2. Seminarios de web sobre 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. La conferencia anual de productores pequeños que incluye talleres presenciales, seminarios y campo visitas además de conectar a pequeños productores a los programas de USDA, expertos técnicos y otros recursos pertinentes