Bagley produce offers new watermelon bin

Edinburg, Texas-based Bagley Produce Co. has a new bin to highlight Texas-grown watermelons. Sales manager Jeff Fawcett said the bin is available with the start of the Texas season.

Go Texan partners with retailers

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan program has funds available from a Specialty Crop Retail Promotion Reimbursement Grant program to help retailers in Texas promote Texas-grown fruit, produce and tree nuts.

Retailers can submit marketing proposals for Go Texan promotions with one of the following:

u In-store food demos;

u Use of the Go Texan certification mark in ads, fliers, signage and other displays;

u Go Texan coupons; and

u Online advertising promoting Texas specialty crops.

Richard de los Santos, marketing coordinator for the Go Texan program, said the deadline for submissions was March 31, but department is still considering proposals from retailers for this and other programs.

“We will more than likely reopen it as well,” he said.

Vegetable group offers health care forum

Registration is open for both the Texas Food Safety Conference, planned for April 22-23 at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, and a new Affordable Health Care Act informational meeting, planned for the following day.

The three-hour event will feature informational sessions about the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act that place the heaviest burdens on agricultural business owners, said Jacob Sosebee of the Mission-based Texas Vegetable Association.