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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.

Small Producers Initiative (SPI) provides research, outreach, and extension to small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers in Texas. SPI specializes in working with underserved producers.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

  • Soil Building for Resilience on Diversified Farms
    • Join us March 1st for our next on-farm field day at Southwest Farms near San Antonio. 
    • For Details and to register, please visit our Workshops page.
  • Monitoring for Ecosystem Function
    • Field day on “reading your landscape” for resilience and productivity on April 12 at The Regen Ranch in Oakwood, TX.
    • For details and to register, please visit our Workshops page.
  • SPI receives USDA funding to support our initiatives for regenerative agriculture!
  • Online Beekeeping Course with Two Hives Honey
    • This online course will help you prepare and better understand if beekeeping is right for you! 
    • For more information, see our Workshops page.
    • Apply here.

Small Producers Initiative at Texas State University (SPI) is hiring a Media & Outreach Officer.

For more information about the position and to apply, visit the following link:

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.