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Farming in a climate of persistent drought has become the norm for many in Texas. This slow-moving disaster, which is currently impacting 41 percent of the state, is raising production costs for many and putting some farmers and ranchers out of business.
In an effort to connect farmers and ranchers with disaster-related services, Farm Aid held the Texas Drought Summit on January 29th in San Antonio with 100 attendees. Working alongside the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) and other partner organizations, the summit: connected producers with disaster-assistance services; strengthened the network of disaster-assistance service providers; provided a space for those impacted to share experiences and lessons from the ongoing drought; and identified disaster-related service gaps and inefficiencies as well as steps to correct them.
In early April, the National Center for Appropriate Technology hosted a webinar to address the ongoing drought and follow up on the Summit. The webinar featured experts from TOFGA, the Farm Service Agency, Farmers Legal Action Group, and Rural Advancement Foundation International.
The webinar was recorded and is available online. Click here to learn about financial and technical drought recovery for farmers and ranchers.
Photo: USDA photo by Cynthia Mendoza / Flickr Creative Commons
In a follow-up to the January TOFGA/Farm Aid Texas drought summit, the National Center for Appropriate Technology is hosting a webinar about the ongoing Texas drought. Thousands of farmers and ranchers are still recovering and 156 counties in Texas have been designated disaster areas.
Experts from the Farm Service Agency, Farmers Legal Action Group, and Rural Advancement Foundation International will talk about ways farmers can get financial and technical resources to help with drought recovery.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 9 at 3-4 p.m. Central Time. Click here to register for the webinar. And contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Holistic Management International is now accepting applications for its 2013/2014 Women Beginning Farmers & Ranchers program. Eligible applicants include woman from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Texas with less than 10 years farming or ranching experience. This is an intense nine month-long program that includes 60 hours of training. Participants learn both in the classroom and on the land. Since 2009 this program has gradated hundreds of women. Cost for this program is based on a sliding scale of $150-500. Partial and full scholarships are available, and are provided by the USDA/NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. For questions and to learn more contact Ann Adams, HMI’s Director of Community Services.