Small Producers Initiative
- 2022 Southern Family Farmers & Food Systems Conference is scheduled for August 7-9! Stay up to date by joining our mailing list.
- On-Farm Demonstrations (soil health & cover crops)
- Check out free online courses for farmers & farmers markets at TXFED.org
Small Producers Initiative (SPI)
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 small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers in Texas.
SPI specializes in working with historically underserved producers (beginning, minority, veteran, women, young). We support farmers of every production style: conventional, regenerative, sustainable, organic, livestock, row-crop, market produce, etc.
Small and mid-sized farms are defined as those with a gross cash farm income (GCFI) less than $499,999. This includes starter farms under 1 acre to ranches or farms of several hundred acres. Historically underserved farmers include farmers of color, women farmers, veteran farmers, young farmers, and beginning farmers.
SPI is primarily funded by USDA grants. These grants provide critical funding for SPI to conduct research, outreach, and extension to the over 200,000 small producers in Texas. Some of SPI's activities include:
Researching the needs of Texas small producers.
Hosting an annual conference. We have been hosting this collaboratively with FARFA and CHFS since 2019. The conference connects small producers to USDA programs, technical experts, agricultural supplies, other farmers, and other critical resources.
Hosting workshops and webinars on topics identified by small producers.
Providing financial technical assistance to small, socially disadvantaged, and veteran producers (see SPI-AMP).
Creation and regular meetings of an Advisory Team to aid SPI in providing technical resources and educational opportunities, as well as evaluating program effectiveness.
Managing this website, social media, and a contact list of Texas small producers and small farm supporters.
You can find out more by visiting the About Us section.
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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
- Un sitio web informativo (este sitio)
- Seminarios de web sobre temas de interés para pequeños productores y grabados para reproducciones futuras
- Tour de pequeñas facilidades de producción e investigación relacionadas a las pequeñas granjas de la región, y
- 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