Category Archives: Texas Food Law

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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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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Farm & Food Leadership Conference: Don’t miss early registration, program lineup

FARFA_wilderness_logoAnnouncement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

We hope you will join us for this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!

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Hearing for Texas Raw Milk Delivery Bill

Let’s help pass Texas House Bills HB 46 (raw milk delivery) and HB 910 (limiting fees for farmers markets)!  There’s a Texas Public Health Committee hearing in Austin on Wednesday, February 27.  The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance is organizing consumers to appear at the hearing to demonstrate support. 

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

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Texas raw milk farmer’s license suspended for delivering to private drop point — we need HB 46 to change the law!

An action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

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Support Raw Milk Access in Texas!

Jersey dairy cowThe Texas legislature meets again in 2013 and we have another chance to improve our access to raw milk with the passage of HB 46. Those who used our tax money to fight the 2011 bill claimed safety issues; however, this is not a safety issue. It’s already legal to buy the same raw milk from the farmer on his farm. Allowing the farmer to deliver milk to his customers would not be less safe than customers driving many miles to the farm to pick up milk, it would just be more convenient for both.

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Texas news from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

FARFA_logoNews update from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Cottage Foods Rule

The cottage foods bill is a wonderful, simple law that we succeeded in passing last session. It allows individuals to make certain low-risk foods (non-hazardous baked goods, canned jams and jellies, and dried herbs) in their home kitchens and sell the foods directly to consumers without being regulated by the local or state health departments. There are a few conditions: sales must be less than $50,000 per year, the sale must occur at the home, and no internet sales are allowed.

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Update: Farm Bill, the lawsuit against Monsanto, and more!

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

This week has been an extremely busy one, with FARFA working hard to protect our farms and our food at every level.

Below are brief updates on the Farm Bill, the lawsuit against Monsanto, Animal ID, and Texas cottage foods.

Farm Bill News

Thank you for calling to support local livestock producers and small-scale processors! A portion of the Pingree Amendment was adopted by the Agriculture Committee. As adopted, the provision directs the USDA, in cooperation with processors and producers, to report within 12 months on what needs to be done to meet the needs of small-scale processors. The agency is also directed to develop a system for electronically approving labels. Although much less than originally proposed, this provision provides the first step towards addressing the barriers to small-scale meat processing.

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