Category Archives: Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

Raw milk supporters help achieve victory in Harris County trial

Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Houston and Brazoria County chapter leaders were present at the trial.

Supporters at Raw Milk Trial June 2017

Some of the supporters who appeared in court gathered for a group photo

We have great news! Negotiations yesterday afternoon with the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office resulted in dropping all of the raw milk-related charges against the Houston-area courier.

We have great news! Negotiations yesterday afternoon with the Harris County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office resulted in dropping all of the raw milk-related charges against the Houston-area courier.

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Harris County raw milk case goes to trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017!

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Grade A Raw Milk For SaleAfter several delays, Harris County is pressing forward with the prosecution of a woman who picks up raw milk from a licensed farm for herself and others.

We ask that if you are in or near Harris County, please support this woman & local food consumers by appearing at the trial in Pasadena next Wednesday, June 14. Details are below.

While the Texas Department of State Health Services initiated the harassment of raw milk farmers and consumers last summer, it later stated that it will not pursue customers who are making legal purchases, nor the people they hire as agents to pick up milk for them. (Read more here.)

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Registration Now Open for Farm & Food Leadership Conference

Farm and Food Leadership Conference 2017Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Find out how YOU can make a difference for the future of local agriculture.

Join us at the 11th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, September 24-26, in McKinney, Texas!

Get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods while you connect with others who are as passionate as you are about these issues.

Take advantage of Early Bird rates

by registering now! 

Don’t miss the keynote address by international leader in sustainable agriculture Fred Kirschenmann!

Hear other top speakers on important issues, including:

  • On-farm food safety.
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Texas Legislative Update as of February 6, 2017 (FARFA)

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Texas Legislative Update as of  February 6, 2017

A fifth bill that we’ve been working on has been filed by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo). The Agriculture & Rural Ombudsman Bill provides assistance with the maze of regulations from multiple agencies that small-scale farmers must navigate.

SB 656 would establish an office of agriculture & rural ombudsman within the Department of Economic Development & Tourism, to help farmers and food producers understand what is required of them and to communicate with the agencies when there are conflicting interpretations.

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Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

Texas CapitolPlease help us promote the passage of bills that will enhance the ability of small farmers to make a living … and that increase consumer access to local foods! Join us for our Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9.

Together with farmers and local food consumers from around the state, you’ll be on the front lines educating legislators about the issues important to our movement.

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2015 Farm and Food Leadership Conference – September 25 – 26, 2015

Want to get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods?  Connect with other people who are passionate about these issues?  Be able to make a difference for the future of local agriculture?

Then join us at this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 25-26 in Bryan/ College Station, Texas!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Early Bird Registration has been extended to August 25, so register now!

Hear top speakers on hot issues:

  • Farm-to-School Programs and Beyond
  • Genetically Engineered Crops
  • The Threats to Bees
  • The Future of Water in Texas
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GMO Labeling needs your help on Capitol Hill

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

While grassroots efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs) are gaining momentum, Big Food and the biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block your right to know what’s in your food.

These companies are backing a federal bill, HR 4432, that would:

  • Prevent states from adopting their own GMO labeling laws.
  • Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GMO ingredients.
  • Prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label GMO ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.
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Keep Small Farmers & Food Producers in Business: Take Action on FDA’s 2014 Proposed Food Safety Regulations

The FDA’s re-proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will have a disastrous impact on small, sustainable farms and food businesses if they are approved as written. Many producers will have to raise prices, or could be driven out of business, reducing consumer access to local, healthy foods.

The real risk for foodborne illness comes from the large-scale, industrialized food system, with its national or even multinational sourcing and distribution chains. But the FDA’s rules take a one-size-fits-all approach on many issues, imposing costly burdens on small producers who are not the source of the problem. In addition, many of the new requirements are so confusing that they will raise costs and penalize producers simply from the confusion they will create!

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WHO Rules Against Meat Labeling, the Secretive TPP, Texas Water Rights, and Activism Workshopnews from FARFA

FARFA_wilderness_logoNews from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

As the weather starts to cool down, food and agriculture issues are heating up.

At the federal level, The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the United States’ mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry are an improper trade barrier.  This international power play is a stark reminder of why we need to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which may be coming back in the lame duck session after the elections.  (And stay tuned for the latest news on food safety regulations, coming next week!)

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Texans – Learn How to Defend Your Right to the Foods of Your Choice!

Activism Workshop Nov 2014Citizen Activism Workshop

Monday-Tuesday, November 10-11, 2014 
Austin, TX 

The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds, but so is the opposition to it. From local zoning conflicts to burdensome state and federal regulations, we need more people across the country–both farmers and consumers–to speak up!

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is offering a two-day Citizen Activism Workshop to help you learn how to be effective in speaking up on the issues that matter to you, whether it’s as part of a larger group like FTCLDF or FARFA or leading the charge at the local level. The knowledge and information you will gain will help you make good use of your valuable time and have a greater impact.

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