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Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Property taxes are a critical issue for many farmers. Small farmers who have been denied agricultural valuation of their land face thousands of dollars in extra taxes — a cost that they cannot readily absorb with their narrow profit margins.
The Texas Legislature is considering multiple bills relating to property taxes right now, including HB 92 by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, which would help small farmers across the state. This was a bill we worked on during the regular session, but which was one of the thousands of bills that never made it out of committee — this time, it was approved by the House Ag Committee on Friday and has a chance to move forward!
Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
The deadline to submit comments is Monday, July 31, 2017
Between 2006 and 2010, FARFA helped lead a national grassroots coalition to fight a massive, over-reaching industry-government program called the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS would have required everyone who owned any livestock to register their property, tag their animal (in most cases using electronic forms of ID), and register their movements with a database.
There were fees and costs associated with every step. The combination of expense and time burdens would have driven many independent livestock producers out of business, and would have burdened people who keep small numbers of livestock at home.
Announcement 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.
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.
News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9
Please 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.
We’ve added a new source of local Houston vegetables and fruits to our Local Food & Milk page!
Plant It Forward Farms is a co-op of Houston area farms that employ refugees to grow vegetables and fruits without chemicals and GMOs. The produce is sold at Farmers Markets, through Farm Share subscriptions, at farm stands, and to chefs throughout the Houston area. They are certified sustainable by Urban Harvest.
Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
We have an exciting opportunity to expand access to locally produced meat for consumers around the country! U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have introduced legislation to make it easier for small farms and ranches to sell locally raised and processed meat to consumers.
H.R. 3187, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, would give individual states the freedom to permit intra-state distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to individual consumers and to restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores that directly serve consumers. Custom-processed beef, pork, lamb, and goat are covered under the bill.
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!
Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!
Have you owned at least one head of cattle in the last 12 months? You have a voice in whether you should be required to pay more taxes on cattle sales! The Big Beef industry wants to double the tax that cattle owners pay for every sale of their animals.
Even if you didn’t own cattle, you can still help us by spreading the word.
Voting starts today, June 2, through Friday, June 6! TODAY is the last day to a request a mail-in ballot. Click here for details on how to vote.
Winter Shares Begin Next Week – Join Us
After the holiday season of sweets and feasts, we are ready for something different. Here at the farm, our bodies are craving things that crunch and have a bite — sharp arugula, tangy broccoli, crisp white turnips, bright carrots, crunchy lettuce, shredded cabbage. Bring on the flavors of winter in Central Texas!
If you’re ready for a change too, we’re here to help. Our organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program begins next week. This means 75* lucky members will receive a small share of what our fields produce each week until mid-March.