When: Thu., Jan. 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 2015
Experts from farm-based organizations National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Southwest Sustainable Food Center, Austin TOFGA and national advocates and disaster response experts Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG) bring farmers, ranchers and service providers together to focus on immediate needs as well as building long-term resilience. Goals for the Summit To connect producers with disaster-assistance services in Texas and nationally; to strengthen the network of disaster-assistance service providers in Texas and nationally; to provide a space for sharing experiences and lessons learned (to date) from the ongoing Texas drought; and to identify disaster-related service gaps and inefficiencies as well as steps to correct them. Following the day-long summit, TOFGA will host a full slate of proactive workshops as part of their annual conference programming. These workshops will focus on building resilience (biological, social, and economic), water-related issues, and preparing for increasing weather extremes.