The SARA Report

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What's coming in SARA

Aug 11

How to start and grow a successful cooperative--workshop

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: FAFRA Conference, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

Description: How can a small-scale farmer or rancher access the same economies of scale and achieve the same market saturation as their much larger competitors? By Cooperating! Cooperation–with other farmers, with customers, and with a range of community members–can help farmers achieve success as vital parts of the food system. TRCC co-op development experts and co-op founders from around the state will explore the many ways that cooperation can build strong, resilient farmer and rancher networks as well as a committed, reliable customer base. This full-day interactive workshop will address the following topics:
  • Reducing expenses and increasing market access through co-ops.
  • Start-up process basics.
  • Roundtable discussion with existing Texas agricultural co-op participants.
  • Co-op business planning and design.
  • Worker cooperative farms and cooperative land trusts.
  • Legal and tax considerations for cooperatives.

For more information, contact Colin Cain at; or go to the conference site by clicking the link above.

Aug 16

Boots to Business Reboot in the Rio Grande Valley with the SBA

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Mission CEED, 801 North Bryan Rd., Mission, TX 78572


For more information on this event, contact Carlos Lago at

Sep 20 - 21

Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Exploring Future Careers

Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Region 1, Edinburg, Texas


Sponsored by USDA and hosted by the UTRGV School of Social Work, this collaborative conference aims to recruit high-school and community-college students into careers in sustainable agriculture, food systems, and social-work services; promoting sound nutritional practices and preventing disease through nutrition.

For more information on this workshop, contact George Bennack at