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BRINGING YOU THE BEST OF TEXAS MARCH 2018

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

Let's Rodeo!

TIME FOR THE GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT

TEXAS FUN FACT POSTERS COLLECT ‘EM ALL!

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GO TEXAN MEMBER SPOTLIGHT TEXAS WINES & SHRIMP INTERNATIONAL RECIPES


Howdy Neighbors!

THANKS TO OUR CHAMPION SPONSORS

This year is off to a great start, and I’m glad you’re here reading our new GO TEXAN magazine. The folks here at GO TEXAN are excited to bring you a fresh version of this long-standing publication, where you can learn about the latest happenings with GO TEXAN and our members. We’ll also share great opportunities with our members to promote their businesses. This magazine is all about Lone Star pride, just like our GO TEXAN program and its members. I’m also excited to say it’s officially rodeo season in Texas, because as I say, rodeo is the greatest show on dirt. It’s an opportunity to celebrate our agricultural heritage here in Texas and have a good time doing so. Many of our GO TEXAN members will be sampling, showcasing and promoting their products at rodeos all across the state. You’ll find GO TEXAN at the following rodeos: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Feb. 27 – March 18; Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show: March 8 – 18; and Rodeo Austin: March 10 – 24. I hope to catch you at one of the shows around the state, and remember friends, Texas Agriculture Matters! Your servant, SID MILLER Texas Agriculture Commissioner ABOUT COMMISSIONER SID MILLER Sid Miller is an eighth generation farmer and rancher and the 12th Commissioner of Agriculture for the great state of Texas. Commissioner Miller has devoted his life to the agriculture industry, and supporting Texas producers and the communities they call home. He is a businessman, rancher, community leader, former ag teacher and former school board member. Commissioner Miller is a rodeo cowboy and holds nine world championship titles. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education.


TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SID MILLER GO TEXAN E-ZINE MARCH 2018

(877) 99-GOTEX gotexan.org gotexan@TexasAgriculture.gov This publication is created using funding dedicated to marketing Texas goods and products. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

Events & News 3

Rodeo Time!

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State Fair Highlights

Visit the Greatest Show On Dirt with GO TEXAN! The GO TEXAN Pavilion knocks it out of the park

Made or Grown in Texas

MARCH 2018 T

he GO TEXAN marketing program, launched in 1999, adds a new dimension to the promotion of Texas agriculture. For nearly 20 years, this award-winning campaign has highlighted a wide variety of agricultural products under one easily recognizable trademark, a glowing brand in the shape of Texas. With GO TEXAN, you get the best of Texas. And remember, when you shop, travel and dine out, you are supporting Lone Star businesses, communities and the hard-working Texans behind them!

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TEXAS WINE

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TEXAS SHRIMP

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TEXAS PRODUCE

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TEXAS LIVESTOCK

Uncorking New Possibilities Restoring the Texas Coast Cooking Texas: step-by-step; recipe guides Taking Texas Worldwide

Member Spotlight 9 12

Sneaky Apron

SuperMom Startup!

Black-Eyed Distilling Aiming to Peas

GO TEXAN Features

13 BEST OF TEXAS: FUN FACT POSTERS 15 EVENT CALENDAR 21 GO TEXAN MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 22 SPOT THE MARK 23 RECIPE OF THE MONTH 25 REGIONAL FIELD STAFF CONTACTS 26 GO TEXAN BULLETIN BOARD


EVENTS & NEWS

Rodeo Time in Texas!

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo February 27 - March 18

Rio Grande Valley Stock Show and Rodeo March 8-18

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or the last two months, big cities and small towns have embraced our western heritage and offered family fun for Texans of all ages. There is one more month left in Texas’ stock show season, and the Texas Department of Agriculture has a booth at all of them. While bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing are traditional rodeo favorites; don’t overlook world-class auctions, champion steers, livestock, wines, endless shopping, star-studded entertainment and enough funnel cakes and cotton candy to last a life time. A list of stock shows is provided to the left. Don’t forget to keep up with the GO TEXAN social media to see what’s happening, who’s sampling and to invite your friends to visit the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) GO TEXAN booth!

March 10 - 24

FOR MORE INFO

Allie Jones

Rodeos and Social Media

DID YOU KNOW? Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is an 9-time World Championship Rodeo Cowboy.

Allie.Jones@TexasAgriculture.gov

512. 463.7425

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EVENTS & NEWS

STATE FAIR OF

TEXAS 2017 Highlights

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hanks to our participating GO TEXAN members and TDA staff, we really knocked it out of the park this year in the GO TEXAN Pavilion at the State Fair of Texas!

Award Winning

• 101 GO TEXAN companies in the Pioneer Brand General Store, many with record sales

Texas Association of Fairs & Events:

• $338,000 Pioneer Brand General Store total sales in 24 days, set record for single-day highest sales • Title Sponsor Southwest Dairy Farmers distributed 115,000 yogurt samples • Exciting Events: TV Stars of Animal Planet’s ‘Lone Star Law,’ Goat Yoga, Live Horse Painting with Double Rocking A Ranch • New Stage Sponsors: Lone Star Ag Credit & AG Workers Insurance • 40% increase in Exhibitors • 50% increase in Retail Porches

• 1st Place Calendar • 1st Place Recipe Book • 1st Place Map & Guide Ad Congratulations to everyone that helped make 2017 one of the best years at the state fair ever!

State Fair Fast For the first time, we created a timelapse video of the fair, from set up to tear down. Watch the video here.

FOR MORE INFO

We’re already planning for the 2018 State Fair of Texas and we look forward to your participation. Stay tuned for more great things to come! The Texas Department of Agriculture won several big awards from

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Tracey Fontenot

State Fair of Texas

Tracey.Fontenot@TexasAgriculture.gov

512. 463.7673


TEXAS WINE

Uncorking New

Possibilities WINE ON THE WEB Texas Wine Coordinator Lindsay Baerwald continues to update UncorkTexasWines.com with winery and vineyard events happening all across Texas. Visit the site to find the perfect place to pair a glass of Texas wine with our beautiful spring weather!

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he past three decades have been a time of incredible growth for the Texas wine industry, one of the fastest growing agriculture sectors in the Lone Star State. With an estimated economic impact of more than $13 billion dollars to Texas, the reputation and continued success of this industry lies with every stakeholder striving for the same goal: growing high quality grapes and producing world-class Texas wines. While TDA salutes those early wine pioneers who paved the way, let’s not lose sight of a very bright future. The time to Uncork New Possibilities has arrived.

STAY TUNED SPOT A DROP STOP Be on the lookout for the Texas Department of Agriculture's new promotional drop stop (pictured above) which you can now find at GO TEXAN winery events. Never miss a drop when pouring your favorite Texas varietal!

GO TEXAN wineries will have a new exclusive opportunity to participate in a wine competition at the State Fair of Texas. More details coming April 15th!

FOR MORE INFO

Lindsay Baerwald Texas Wine

In case you missed it, a big congratulations are in order to the 205 Texas wines that won awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at the beginning of 2018! Click here for the full list.

Lindsay.Baerwald@TexasAgriculture.gov

512. 463.7591

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TEXAS GULF SHRIMP

RESTORING THE TEXAS COAST

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he Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texas Shrimp Marketing Program has submitted a Restore Act Grant Application to further market Texas Gulf shrimp and to expand shrimp related tourism opportunities throughout the state. If awarded, these Restore Act funds will operate side by side with TDA’s Texas Shrimp Marketing Program as a multi-year awareness and marketing campaign designed to teach consumers about the Texas shrimp industry.

RESTORE ACT GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:

• Restore Act grant funding would increase consumer awareness for Texas Gulf shrimp, helping create more product demand. • It would create a cohesive shrimp industry vision with long lasting initiatives so that Texas Gulf shrimp could be environmentally sustained and enjoyed for future generations. • TDA’s infrastructure would become a resource for Texas Gulf shrimp industry information. • And this grant would allow the industry to connect with new and existing industry partners.

UPDATE: Currently our Texas Department of Agriculture Restore Act grant submission is one of twenty-five proposals out of more than 200 still being considered for funding. If awarded, this grant would serve as a coastal catalyst that would positively impact thousands of people and businesses along our coast and throughout the Lone Star State.

FOR MORE INFO

Bobby Champion Texas Shrimp

Robert.Champion@TexasAgriculture.gov

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TEXAS PRODUCE Certified Farmers Market Serving the consumers and agriculture producers of Texas

MARKET NAME

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

Expires: January 31, 2019

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

COMMISSIONER SID MILLER

CERTIFIED DELICIOUS The 2018 Certified Farmers Market application (and renewals) are due now! Visit the GO TEXAN site to complete and return your application as soon as possible. Applications are not prorated and good for one calendar year. TDA is currently providing outreach activities throughout the state to better educate and inform entproducers e, artm of Agricultur gram of the Texas Dep home. marketing proadopted t call Texas tha AN is a newly es niti onTEXmothe Produce Safety GO mu com ts, culture and pro ting the produc Rule in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. If your market conducts growers’ meetings, educational events, or any other informational activities specifically for your growers, please let us know as we would appreciate the opportunity to share information regarding the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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e've created new recipe cards for those cooking in small kitchens like RV's or apartments. These colorful, easy-to-read cards feature Texas Specialty Crop ingredients and have a main and secondary options for what to do with any leftovers the next day. Texas varietal wine parings are also included! Look for these cards at our TDA/GO TEXAN booths at events across the state, including Stock Shows and Rodeos (see Events p. 3).

Grilled T e x as P e ac h e s Texas When juicy and ripe paired peaches are grilled and honey oil, with local Texas olive sform and pecans, they tran tial from a quintessen a dreamy, summertime snack to as gourmet treat. Equally your on delicious when topped al or me morning bowl of oat cream, ice of p scoo served with a ether to we’ ll let you decide wh kfast or enjoy this recipe for brea dessert (or both!). SERVES 4

Additional Resource: How to Start A Farmers Market Guide

FOR MORE INFO

Scott Sroufe Texas Produce

Scott.Sroufe@TexasAgriculture.gov

512. 463.2496

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TEXAS LIVESTOCK

TA K I N G

TEXAS by the horns T

DA is currently hosting delegations from countries including Paraguay, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Australia, South Africa and Thailand to tour Texas and see the finest livestock and premier ranching operations in the Lone Star state. In 2017, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo alone, TDA assisted more than 2,600 guests from 88 countries that resulted in excess of $2,275,000 in contacts and estimated sales of livestock and genetics. Expectations for this year are even greater.

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DON'T JUST EXPORT

TEX-PORT!

Why consider exporting? ACCESS:

Today, the internet and trade agreements have increased access to worldwide markets. DEMAND:

More than 70% of the world’s purchasing power is located outside of the United States. PROFITABILITY:

Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE:

The U.S. is known for quality goods, customer service and sound business practices. RISK MITIGATION:

Most companies that export have an easier time riding out domestic market fluctuations.

TAKING TEXAS WORLDWIDE If you are thinking about exporting animals, TDA’s new Export Guide is for you! From Del Rio to Brownsville or El Paso to Houston; this handy pocket resource guide can be found at TDA functions across the state and comes complete with industry resources, TDA facility managers and statewide pen locations that will help keep you and your animals on the move. For more information about TDA’s new Export Guide, please contact International Program Specialist Austin Van Hooser at Austin.VanHooser@TexasAgriculture.gov

FOR MORE INFO

Jon Garza

Livestock

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Jon.Garza@TexasAgriculture.gov

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Sneaky Apron

m o S t a m rtup! r e p Su Hema Reddy started her GO TEXAN company the way lots of entrepreneurial mothers do: she saw a need and set out to meet it.

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ike any other working mom, I was trying to do my best to be the best mother and wife possible,” Reddy said. “After I realized my son was a super picky eater, I began to worry that I was failing as a mom. He had issues eating most foods, so I started making his favorite foods in a way that would go down easy without a fight. I would hide roasted veggies in his pasta or make chicken nuggets with hidden veggies and super foods. With my keen sense of taste I was able to provide him wholesome meals while making my life at home, in the car and after school much easier.” Given that many of her friends had similar age kids, Reddy knew that this persistent problem didn’t have a current solution on the market. She took her decades of experience cooking various cuisines, a passion for ingredients and a strong desire to take her kids along as she took on a new profession, she took a leap of faith. “I quit my job as the Program Director of Systems and Technology Group Marketing Division and went all in,” Reddy said. “Turns out I didn’t have a clue on how to start a food business! It’s much harder than anything I have ever done in my life – harder than birthing two kids.” After tackling the practical know-how, strategy and tactical knowledge of how

the food industry operates, she went after the formulation of her Wundernuggets. To get there, she went to food conferences like Bevnet Bootcamp, Expo East and networked with groups like Barcode, The Cooks Nook and many one-on-one phone calls with entrepreneurs who had been there and done that. “Luckily for us all, everyone is extremely helpful and eager to share their experience,” Reddy said. She loves taking her family along for the ride and benefitted from their participation as taste testers. They saw more than 50 different iterations of her nuggets and, pass or fail, at least they all got eaten at home. Her son also tags along whenever she makes a pitch to a retailer and he helps her out at the farmers market in downtown Austin on Saturdays. “They wear my job on their sleeve,” Reddy boasts. “Nothing beats that.” She’s a proud GO TEXAN member and couldn’t imagine running a business in any other place than Austin. “The food startups vibe here is infectious and is perhaps the only thing that keeps me from giving up.”

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Black Eyed Distilling

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

aiming to peas

On March 4, 2017, Black Eyed Distilling launched BLK EYE Vodka, the only vodka in the world made with black-eyed peas. This vodka is a true Texas original!

“BLK EYE Vodka is made from the perfect blend of non-GMO blackeyed peas and corn,” co-owner Todd Gregory said. They selectively cut the heads and tails from the distillate to ensure the smooth flavor. Then fresh water goes through reverse osmosis and filtration to bring the vodka to proof. “All of our black-eyed peas and corn are from Texas,” Gregory said. “The cooking, distilling, and bottling are done by hand in the 107 year-old Number 5 Firehouse on Bryan Avenue, just south of downtown Fort Worth in the Near Southside District.” The dedication of native Texan owners, Scott Billings and Todd Gregory, along with a small and devoted staff, has increased distribution of BLK EYE Vodka to nearly 400 liquor stores, restaurants, and bars around Texas, including Spec’s and all Total Wine stores. They also make Dry County Whiskey, a small-batch whiskey made from 100% sorghum. Dry County is only available in cocktails and by-the-bottle in the tasting room upstairs at the Distillery. 12

BlackEyed Distilling is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, with tours of the facility offered on Saturdays. As one of the most unique venues in the metroplex, BlackEyed Distilling is a great place for events. Lively receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties and happy hours are hosted there monthly. “We are proud to call Texas home and place the GO TEXAN mark on each of our hand-labeled bottle and six-pack case of BLK EYE Vodka to show our love for our home state.” Check out their website for hours, tours, contact information, and photos of the Distillery.


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TEXAS SHEEP & GOATS

DID YOU KNOW? H Texas has more sheep and goats than any other state in the U.S.

TDA’s New Fun Fact Posters Collect them all! Click here to download.

H The average weight of a single fleece is 7 pounds. H The Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association (TSGRA) was established in 1915.

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

T E X A S DEPA RTM EN T OF AGR ICU LT U R E O COM M IS SION ER SI D M I L L ER

TEXAS COTTON

TEXAS GRAPEFRUIT

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

H One bale of cotton weighs more than 500 pounds.

H Texas red grapefruit is the official state fruit.

H U.S. paper currency is 75% cotton and 25% linen.

H The growing season for Texas grapefruit is October to May.

H Cotton isn’t just a natural fiber; it’s a food crop, too (think cottonseed oil).

H The very first red grapefruit was found in Texas in the 1920s.

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TEXAS HONEY

TEXAS QUARTER HORSES

DID YOU KNOW? DID YOU KNOW? H Texas ranks No. 6 in U.S. honey production.

H Quarter horses excel at sprinting short distances.

H Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

H Texas has more quarter horses than any other state.

H The average person in the U.S. consumes 1.6 pounds of honey per year.

H Quarter horses come in every color.

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TEXAS PEANUTS

TEXAS HOGS

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

H Raising hogs supports more than 800,000 U.S. jobs.

H Eating peanuts more than twice a week can be part of a healthy diet.

H Family farms account for more than 90% of all U.S. hog operations.

H Peanuts are high in unsaturated fats, fiber and minerals. H Peanuts are a great source of protein.

H There are 67,000 hog farms in the U.S.

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TEXAS OLIVES

TEXAS SUGARCANE

DID YOU KNOW? DID YOU KNOW?

H Sugarcane is a grass that re-grows every year after it is cut.

H Olives are the 5th largest Texas perennial fruit crop.

H With roughly 42,000 acres in South Texas, growers produce more than 1.6 million tons of sugarcane.

H Texas has more than 4,000 acres of olive orchards. H Green and black olives are the same olive, the difference is the age (maturity) of the olive.

H The leftover ‘cane fiber’ is burned, creating steam and electricity for neighboring cities.

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TEXAS CATTLE

TEXAS HAY

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

H Texas is a leader in hay production.

H Texas is home to approximately 130,000 cattle ranches.

H Texas farmers harvested 4.9 million acres of hay in 2016.

H Texas is the No. 1 cattle producing state in the country.

H Texas hay production accounted for more than $1 billion in sales last year.

H Texas cattle receipts have accounted for more than $10 billion.

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TEXAS GULF SHRIMP

TEXAS WATERMELON

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

H On average, Texas lands approximately 45 million pounds of shrimp per year.

H Watermelon is the most consumed melon in the U.S. H 100% of watermelon is edible. Yes, you can eat the rind!

H Texas Gulf shrimp are sweet and wildly delicious.

H Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable.

H Texas Gulf shrimp are a great addition to a healthy diet.

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TEXAS PECANS

TEXAS WINE

DID YOU KNOW?

DID YOU KNOW?

H Texas is a top three pecan producing state.

H Texas is home to more than 400 wineries.

H The pecan is the official state tree, nut and pie of Texas.

H The wine industry contributes more than $1.3 billion to our state’s economy.

H Pecans are loaded with healthy antioxidants.

H Lone star wineries attract more than 1.7 million visitors each year.

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Events Calendar February

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HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO Houston • NRG Park From Feb. 27-March 18. Visit the GO TEXAN booth in Exhibit Hall to sample free food and products.

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TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION Washington on the Brazos

From March 3-4. Free event includes music, food, crafts, commemorative programs and more. GO TEXAN members can sign up to be an arts and crafts vendor or exhibitor in the Texian Village by clicking here.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO Mercedes

From March 8-18. Visit the TDA/GO TEXAN booth in the Planet Agriculture Hall to sample free food and products.

RODEO AUSTIN Austin • Travis County Expo Center

From March 10-24. Visit the TDA/GO TEXAN booth to sample free food and products.

EMERALD ISLE JEWELRY MARKETPLACE Plantersville

Shop jewelry and gems at Bernhardt Winery with local artisans and craftspeople.

LAMB JAMB AUSTIN Austin

This chef competition and culinary experience brings together 16 chefs to celebrate the 80,000 family operated farms and ranches raising sheep in the U.S. GO TEXAN members receive a deeply discounted booth fee to attend and sample. If you’re interested contact Chris Culnane.

LET US KNOW If you are planning a new event or part of an existing one with GO TEXAN member opportunities, let TDA know. We want to make sure fellow GO TEXAN members have an opportunity to participate.

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APRIL April

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BATTLEGROUND TO BREAKING GROUND College Station

April 7 - 8. For military veteran entrepreneurs seeking to enter agriculture

RIP'S RIBS COOK-OFF Eastland

Named after the legendary frog "Old Rip." An opportunity for GO TEXAN members to be a vendor. Click here to apply.

VALERO TEXAS OPEN San Antonio

[visit website]

April 16 - 22. San Antonio's only PGA TOUR event. First played in 1922, the Valero Texas Open is the 3rd oldest PGA TOUR tournament. Texas wines to be featured at this premium golf event.

FIESTA! [visit website] San Antonio

April 19 - 29. Started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures.

EARTHX 2018 Fair Park, Dallas

[visit website]

April 20 - 24. Largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world.

TEXAS WINE REVOLUTION Horseshoe Bay

Showcasing the beauty of 100% Texas grown wines.

LUBBOCK UNCORKED [visit website] American Windmill Museum, Lubbock

Attendees will be tasting wine made from High Plains grapes and will feature only TEXAS wine! Don’t miss this one. It promises to be barrels of fun!

GRANBURY WINE WALK [visit website] Granbury

April 27 - 28. Hood County and other Texas Wines to be featured

MAY

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TEXAS EU BUSINESS SUMMIT [visit website] San Jacinto Event Hall, University of Texas Austin

In its 7th year, the Texas-EU Business Summit is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe.

2018 SOUTHWEST FUEL AND CONVENIENCE EXPO [visit website] Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio

May 9 - 11. This is one of the premiere fuel and convenience expos in the Southwest.

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WESTERN HERITAGE CLASSIC Taylor County Expo Center, Abilene

[visit website]

May 10 - 12. Today, the Western Heritage Classic is recognized internationally. The 3-day event's showcase is the Ranch Rodeo; though it features western interests as well as history.

SIAL CHINA Shanghai, China

From May 16-18. Leading trade show in Asia, attended by more than 1,000 wholesale and retail buyers. Major discounts available with SUSTA membership.

TEXAS FOOD PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE Marriott Town Square, Sugar Land

[visit website]

May 16-17. All processors, associate and affiliate members are encouraged to attend. This is our largest conference and networking event of the year.

JUNE June

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TEXAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL Nacogdoches

[visit website]

This is the most delicious festival in the Lone Star State— a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest.

INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION CONVENTION College Station

[visit website]

June 21 - 22. Annual convention for the Independent Cattleman's Association.

DALLAS HOME AND GIFT MARKET Dallas Market Center

[visit website]

Discover new products across more categories at the first show of the summer.The only complete marketplace for gift, home décor, lighting, holiday and floral, gourmet, housewares, and fashion. Discount for GO TEXAN members.

TASTE OF DALLAS [visit website] Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd East, Dallas

For the tens of thousands of people set to visit Taste of Dallas this year, there will be something for everyone at Dallas' largest summertime food festival.

SUMMER FANCY FOOD Javits Center, New York City

From June 30 - July 2. The largest specialty food show in North America. Buyers from all over the world will be there.

LET US KNOW If you are planning a new event or part of an existing one with GO TEXAN member opportunities, let TDA know. We want to make sure fellow GO TEXAN members have an opportunity to participate.

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JULY July

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OLD FASHIONED FOURTH OF JULY Eastland

A "Rip-roaring" good time for the whole family. To download a vendor application, click here.

TEXAS FLORAL EXPO Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center • San Marcos, TX

The Product Gallery will feature the best of the best with lots of time to market and educate new customers about your products.

CANADA INBOUND BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS TRADE MISSION Location TBA Ideal for wineries, brewers and distillers in Texas. Includes one-on-one meetings and facility visits.

AUGUST August

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2018 NURSERY/LANDSCAPE EXPO Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center • San Antonio, Texas

You will not want to miss the chance to see the latest industry offerings, talk one-on-one with exhibitors and hear from the best during EXPO’s Education offerings all under one roof!

COLOMBIA OUTBOUND TRADE MISSION Medellin and Bogata, Colombia

From Aug. 27-30. Connect with buyers in two of the most important cities for business in Colombia.

SEPTEMBER September

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CANADA OUTBOUND TRADE MISSION Toronto Canada

September 4 - 7. Ideal for new exporters who want to learn about the Canadian market and one-on-one meetings with food buyers.

FINE FOOD AUSTRALIA Melbourne, Australia

[visit website]

From Sept. 10-13. Includes a chance to schedule one-on-one meetings with buyers.

MEXICO INBOUND MISSION Houston

From September 17-20. Unique opportunity to meet pre-qualified Mexican retail and food service buyers.

OCTOBER October

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SIAL PARIS Paris, France

From Oct. 21-25. One-on-one meetings with buyers.

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MEMBER OPPORTUNITY

H-E-B launches its Fifth Annual Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best Contest.

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O TEXAN members will want to take note that retail giant H-E-B recently launched its fifth annual Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest. Each of the four previous years have seen GO TEXAN members place in at least three of the four top spots (last year saw GO TEXAN members won ALL of the top four places!), so help us keep winning and enter your finished product now! This year's grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and a brand new Toyota Tundra! For a look at the video announcing the contest, click here. For more information, go to heb.com/quest or contact Jami McCool at (210) 708-1713.

Some previous winning GO TEXAN products:

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Members In The News CatSpring Yaupon Tea

Cat Spring

Cat Spring Yaupon Tea was featured on Vice.com. with an article about their healthy teas and helping foster secondchance rehabilitation in the workforce.

Easy Tiger

Austin

Easy Tiger was mentioned on Eater Austin. Its parent company, ELM is opening up a new food gallery in downtown Austin — Fareground. This new destination collects lots of like-minded eateries in one location.

Los Pinos Ranch

Pittsburg

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards was featured in Texas Wine Lover for its Double Gold award at the SFCWC for its 2015 Sangiovese. The title of "Double Gold" means the wine received a unanimous rating by all the panel members.

GO TEXAN winners San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Bar Z Winery • Becker Vineyards •  Bending Branch Winery •  Brennan Vineyards •  Driftwood Estate Winery •  Enoch’s Stomp Winery and Vineyard •  Fall Creek Vineyards and Winery •   Haak Vineyards & Winery •  Texas Legato •  Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards - Pittsburg, TX •  Lost Oak Winery •   Messina Hof Winery & Resort •  OG Cellars •  Pedernales Cellars •   Red 55 Winery •  Silver Dollar Winery •  Singing Water Vineyards •   Texas Hills Vineyard •   Torr Na Lochs •  Wedding Oak Winery •   White Fox Vineyards. 21


Texas Basket Company Jacksonville

Texas Pie Company

Kyle

Texas Basket Company is being featured in a new episode of PBS's The DayTripper with host Chet Garner making a visit to the factory.

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Texas Pie Company was on KHOU in a news segment about the quest to make Kyle the Pie Capital of Texas.

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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Texas Citrus Caprese Salad This updated classic caprese salad highlights beautiful Texas citrus fruits. The flavor combination of bright tartness and subtle sweetness with creamy whole milk Mozzarella makes for a delicious and healthy side dish, appetizer or entree.

Texas Sweet Quick Pickled Onions with Texas Honey & Olive Oil

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