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Small Producers Initiative


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Small Producers Initiative (SPI) is a program housed in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Texas State University.

Our mission is to provide research, outreach, and extension to small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers in Texas. SPI specializes in working with historically underserved producers and we support farmers of every production style.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

  • October 5th, 6 - 7pm: Info Session on Grants & Loans for TX Producers (free virtual session)
  • October 10th, 6 - 8pm: Making the Most of Online Sales Platforms (free virtual workshop)
  • October 13th, 6 - 7:30pm: Small Farm Marketing Essentials w/ Zoe Schaeffer
  • October 27th, 9am - 3pm: Cover Cropping for Organic Vegetable Growers, Farmshare Austin is an online learning platform created by and for farmers and farmers market organizers. It offers free & low-cost self-paced courses to help farmers and farmers market organizers with direct marketing.

  • Selling at a Farmers Market Series (free)
    • Selling at a Farmers Market 101
    • Making Money at Your Farmers Market
    • Optimizing Your Impact at the Farmers Market
  • Beginners Guide to Using Social Media to Market Your Farm (free)
  • Presenting at Conferences (free)
  • Media Training for Farmers ($20)

Our Programs

  • The annual Southern Family Farmers & Food Systems Conference
    • Including registration and travel support for underserved producers
  • SPI's Agricultural Mentorship Program (SPI-AMP)
    • Virtual bookkeeping classes and marketing workshops
    • Grant and loan application assistance
    • One-on-one financial consults in partnership with Kitchen Table Consultants
  • Research on Regenerative Soil Solutions, Education, Extension and Demonstration (RReSSEED)
    • On-farm demonstration events to educate small and urban producers about soil health and conservation practices
    • Laboratory development and research

You can find out more by visiting the About Us section.