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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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New Source for Vegetables and Fruits

Plant It Forward FarmsWe’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.

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Tell Congress to Support Local Meat Production

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.

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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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Help Stop New Tax on Farmers

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

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.

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Green Gate Farms CSA Winter Shares Begins

Green Gate Farms logoIf you live in the Austin, Texas area, here’s news from Green Gate Farms:

Winter Shares Begin Next Week – Join Us

January 2014

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.

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FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers

Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

The FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country.

Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of locally and sustainably produced foods.

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FDA proposal attacks pastured laying hen farms

Action Alert from The Weston A. Price Foundation:

The FDA is yet again putting burdens on farmers who use healthy, sustainable practices, and justifying them with fear-based assumptions rather than data.  The agency’s latest move is a draft guidance document that will make it all but impossible for farmers with 3,000 or more laying hens to keep the birds on pasture.

The stated goal is to prevent the spread of salmonella from wild birds and other animals to the hens.  But there is absolutely no evidence that pastured chickens pose a food safety threat. To the contrary, all the major incidents of salmonella in eggs have come from confinement factory farms.

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