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Congress is getting close to a deal on the Farm Bill — it’s time to speak up again!

FARFA_wilderness_logoAction alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

After many delays, it looks like Congress is getting close to a final version of the Farm Bill. We’ve been told that the conference committee has agreed on the broad framework. The final negotiations will include several issues that we’ve worked on: Country of Origin Labeling, fair markets for livestock farmers, and food safety regulations.

Even if you have called before, please call again to make sure your voice is heard on these issues! You can find out who to call and what to say in the Take Action section below.

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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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October Events at Green Gate Farms, Austin, TX

Green Gate Farms news and announcements:

Farm Stand Open NEW HOURS:
Tuesdays 3:00-6:00
Fridays, 10:00-2:00
Saturdays, 10:00-2:00

Fall is the perfect time to come to the farm. This season marks our eighth year of farming and educational events at our urban, historic, certified organic farm. Activities below are in addition to our weekly farm tour (every Saturday at noon, $10 per person, free for ages 10 and under and CSA members) and Free Fridays at the Farm (10-2), a morning outing for parents who want to introduce their children to sustainable agriculture. Here’s what’s happening in October:

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Green Gate Farms celebrates the opening of their fall season

Farm Stand Open NEW HOURS beginning Sept. 18th:
Tuesdays 3:00-6:00
Fridays, 10:00-2:00
Saturdays, 10:00-2:00

Fall is the perfect time to come to the farm. This season marks our eighth year of farming and educational events at our urban, historic, certified organic farm. Activities below are in addition to our weekly farm tour (every Saturday at noon, $10 per person, free for ages 10 and under and CSA members) and Free Fridays at the Farm (10-2), a morning outing for parents who want to introduce their children to sustainable agriculture. Here’s what’s happening in September:

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Agency says it will withdraw proposed farmers’ market rule!

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance logoGood news from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Thank you to everyone who wrote and called to protect farmers’ markets from new regulations!  FARFA has received an email from an official at the Department of State Health Services, notifying us that the agency is withdrawing the propose rule to classify farmers’ markets as food establishments.

This is excellent news!

Farmers and farmers’ markets remain subject to the existing regulations, many of which are inappropriate and burdensome.  And the proposed rule for labeling of cottage foods remains a significant concern, so please remember to submit comments on that if you haven’t already.

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Speak up for farmers’ markets in Texas!

FARFA logoAlert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Please help us protect Texas farmers’ markets from burdensome and confusing new rules from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)!

In SB 81, the Texas Legislature responded to their constituents and adopted legislation to make things easier for famers’ markets. But DSHS is proposing a rule that not only fails to implement the new legislation, but actually makes things harder for farmers’ markets.

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Speak up for Texas farmers markets!

An alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is busy making things more difficult for local food producers.

As we alerted you last week [see post Speak up for cottage food producers!], DSHS has proposed labeling rules that would significantly and unfairly burden cottage food producers. And DSHS hasn’t stopped there — it has also proposed new regulations on farmers’ markets.

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Speak up for cottage food producers!

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Last year, your calls and letters helped pass a law in Texas to allow people to make low-risk foods in their home kitchens to sell directly to consumers without government interference.  SB 81 was a great first step in reducing the regulatory burdens on the local foods movement.

One section of SB 81 directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to adopt rules regarding labeling of cottage foods.  The legislation was very specific: the labels were to include the producer’s name, address, and a statement that the food was not inspected by the local or state authorities.   But the DSHS staff have used this opening to bury cottage food producers in red tape.

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