Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

Announcements, Deadlines, & Upcoming Events!

10/20/2017 1:03 PM | Emily Erickson TOFGA President (Administrator)

Get $20 for 20 minutes of your time!  

Growers asked to provide feedback on crop insurance

NCAT wants to hear why you buy crop insurance —or why you have decided you can live without it. The 2014 Farm Bill increased access to crop insurance for organic, diversified, and specialty-crop growers. Most notably, the USDA was required to offer a new insurance product—Whole-Farm Revenue Protection—that allows farms to insure virtually any combination of commodities (including livestock) under a single policy. So far, though, very few of those who are eligible have taken advantage of the new opportunities. Confidential and anonymous, the survey takes just 20 minutes-- on any computer, smart phone, or other mobile device-- and is open to anyone who is farming or ranching commercially in the U.S. Results will be used to plan educational efforts and make recommendations to the USDA. A $20 honorarium is offered to early responders. (Honorarium funds are limited.). Growers may take the survey at www.ncat.org/cropinsurance, and are encouraged to share the link widely. For more information, e-mail cropinsurance@ncat.org. Funding for the survey is provided by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award #2014-51300- 2222.

Organic Cost-Share Reimbursement applications due by October 31, 2017!

Texas-based organic producers (crops, wild crops, and/or livestock) and/or handlers are eligible to participate in the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP). Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements.  Payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certificate or scope of certification (crops, livestock, handling, wild crops).  Eligible applicants are encouraged to use the online submission link. All you have to do is fill out the required information, attach your documentation and hit submit.  You may also complete a hard copy application as well.  Additional details can be found on the Texas Organic Cost-Share website.

Food Safety Training for Producers

November 13, 2017 in Jasper, Texas 
Join TOFGA member Joe Masabni for this November workshop!  The event will include an introduction to produce safety, followed by these modules:
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use 
  • Agricultural Water: Production Water Part & Postharvest Water 
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

The $40 fee includes lunch and snacks. Register online at  https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ProduceSafety or by phone: 979-845-2604 For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Joe Masabni at jmasabni@ag.tamu.edu or 903.834.6191 

South Central Soil Summit at the University of Houston
Dec. 12 –13, 2017

This engaging program includes presentations and discussion about the benefits and challenges of raw manure use relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to support growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure. Additionally, produce growers, educators, and researchers will gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards. Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants and includes training materials, lunch on day one, and refreshments. Come prepared to share your knowledge, thoughts, and innovative ideas! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-central-soil-summit-registration-35611421721


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