Check out this update on the Texas Legislative Session – thanks to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market and the good work of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA): Update on Raw Milk and Permit Fees Hearing.
A message from Alexandra Landeros from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: Dear Texas farmers market, Four bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature that would make it easier for local farmers and small-scale food producers to raise and market their products. (In a recent incident in San Antonio, a raw milk farmer’s license… More TX Bills that Help Local Farms and Market Vendors.
Register now for the Farm and Food Leadership Conference, Sept. 10–11 This unique conference focuses on the policies affecting our farms and our food. Topics include the 2012 Farm Bill, genetically modified foods, corporate control of our food system and much more. Register by August 1, for best rates! Bastrop Convention Center. Click here to… More FARFA Conference September 10 &11, 2012.
U.S. Senate Ag Committee on Fast Track with Farm Bill:Support for New Farmer Training & Assistance In Peril The U.S. Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill will be introduced by Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow in the next few days, and immediately following its introduction it will be marked up and voted on by the Senate… More Urgent Farm Bill Help via the Greenhorns.
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Outreach and Events Coordinator, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems. FARFA is seeking an Outreach and Events… More Job Opening with FARFA.
Here are more clarifications about Cottage Food Bill. Under the new law you cannot sell at farmers markets – just directly from your home (as if you weren’t doing that already). http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/TheLaw/LawSummary.aspx http://www.robbwalsh.com/2011/05/victory-texas-cottage-food-bill-passes/ and a link to the rules. 1. Food must be sold from your home, directly to another consumer. No sales at farmer’s… More Clarifications on the Cottage Food Bill.
Taken from the FARFA website, regarding the Cottage Food Bill and other similar bills this past legislative season . . . ———————————————————————————————- FARFA worked on several bills in the regular 2011 Texas legislative session. While the raw milk bill (HB 75/ SB 237) died, portions of the cottage foods (HB 1139 and HB 2084) and… More Texas Cottage Food Bill – SB 81.