Texas Small Producer Summit
601 University Drive San Marcos
Texas State University’s Department of Agriculture is hosting the Second Annual Small Producers Initiative Conference August 13 through August 15.
The conference will be held in the Department of Agriculture’s building on Texas State University’s campus from August 13-14 and followed by a small equipment demonstration on August 15. Registration is $75 before August 1 and $90 afterward and limited to 150 attendees.
The “capstone” speaker will be renowned soil scientist Ray Archuleta.
Ray is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years’ experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.
After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consulting, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, LLC, to teach biomimicry strategies and agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.
Three NCAT Specialists also will be among the speakers:
Horticulture Specialist Tammy Howard on scaling up to become “wholesale ready”
Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Justin Duncan use of cover crops in vegetable production
NCAT Southwest Office Director Mike Morris on value-added products
For more information and to register, visit the conference website.
The conference is possible thanks to generous grants from the USDA programs of Office of Advocacy and Outreach and Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture, and from Capital Farm Credit.