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Small Producers Initiative


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The Small Producers Initiative (SPI) is a program housed in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Texas State University. Our mission is to provide research, outreach and extension to historically under-served small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers in Texas. Small and mid-sized farms are defined as those with a gross cash farm income (GCFI) of less than $499,999. This includes starter farms under 1 acre to ranches or farms of several hundred acres.

SPI is funded by several USDA grants and sponsorships from Capital Farm Credit and TDA.

  • RURAL-V, awarded by USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach 
  • TSSSP, awarded through NIFA's Non-Land Grant Capacity Building program, and
  • InSPIRE, awarded by USDA's Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. 

These USDA grants provide critical funding for SPI to conduct research, outreach and extension to the over 250,000 small producers in Texas. Some of SPI's activities include: 

  1. Conducting a "Needs Assessment" and collecting survey data from small producers in an attempt to meet their educational programming need. 

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

  3. Hosting the Annual Small Producers Conference, which includes in-person workshops, seminars and field visits as well as connecting small producers to USDA programs, technical experts and other pertinent resources.

  4. Creation and regular meetings of an "Advisory Team" to aid SPI in providing technical resources and educational opportunities, as well as evaluating program effectiveness.

  5.  ​Creation of a communication hub - (this) website, Facebook, and a contact list of small producers. 

You can find more information on all of these activities throughout the remainder of the website. Please be aware we are in the process of updating, and will continue to add relevant information, dates, and resources as we accomplish them.

Any and all questions should be directed to:

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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