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I'm getting involved in a group called The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. It's a national organization that I just found out is based nearby. I've offered to volunteer to do computer work for them, especially while on maternity leave. I went to a meeting they held this last Tuesday and did a blog post about it:

http://sandhollerfarm.com/farfa-meeting/

I'm meeting with them next week to see how I can best help!
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Very cool! don't stretch yourself too thin though....between a home, 2 kids and hubby, the farm and a regular job, you may find you don't have much time to devote to another major project.

Don't do like I did....don't get too deep in too quickly! I love what I'm doing, but I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment..and I only have the house and husband issues.....be careful! emoticon emoticon

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Mhm, they sound like a very important organization for the small-scale farmers. It's actually a shame that the qualifications of a farm have shifted so much to industrial agriculture that actual *farms* no longer count as agriculture. I hope they can get some things changed.



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Saijen, don't worry - it's mostly little stuff they need help with right now. Like posting things on the website or facebook. It's all computer work. Plus she loves that I'm willing to go to the Capital to be an advocate just by showing up. I'm going next Tuesday for the Ag Committee meeting and I'm just going to sit in the audience as a small farm supporter.

Firle, isn't it crazy that things like vegetable crops don't count? I thought they were being picky with us because we only have such a small garden and they usually do things by the acre (ours isn't quite an acre). But even the places that 20 or 30 acres of all veggies can't get the tax break!
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You know what gets me.....here, you can get what is called a Greenbelt break... it's a tax break for any farm, regardless of how big or small, that raises anything...tobacco, cattle, etc....you would think that a farming/ranching state as large as Texas would have something similar in place.

I'm not sure, however, if DH and I were to buy this place here, and keep things going just as they are, that we could get the same tax break. I don't know if they are still available or not, but couldn't hurt to see if they have anything similar there.

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Thanks for that tidbit Saijen! It actually helps to know what other states are doing/have done for farmers in order to better approach the legislature. I'll do a bit of research on it and see if anything in there might be proposed to the Texas lawmakers.
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No problem. Our landlord has this in place for his little hobby cattle farm here, and it's cut way down on his property taxes....even still, he pays about $3,000 annually, for this 100 acre farm. All he raises here are beef cattle, and then only about 50-60 head at a time, so it does cover the 'little guy', too.

Hope you can find something similar, if not the Greenbelt thing, there in Texas.

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I read the Greenbelt law and it is nearly identical to the one in Texas. The state laws don't have specifics like stocking rates, or farm size, or what counts as "crops" so it could all just be in the interpretation.

Of course, in Texas, a cattle ranch always counts too. It's the people with goats and chickens and "specialty crops" (fruits and vegetables) as opposed to "commodity crops" (corn, wheat, soy, cotton) that are getting the short end of the stick!
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TexasMadness wrote:
Of course, in Texas, a cattle ranch always counts too. It's the people with goats and chickens and "specialty crops" (fruits and vegetables) as opposed to "commodity crops" (corn, wheat, soy, cotton) that are getting the short end of the stick!



That just sucks. It should be good for any who raise anything in agriculture, regardless of size! That's what I liked about it here.....size truly doesn't matter!!! (ok...yes, the pun WAS intended).
Still....would be nice if all were considered, not just the larger operations!



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