TIPA is committed to helping its members capitalize on the
changes that face the industry - and your business. TIPA is
well equipped to help you reach your goals and be prepared
for the future.
As a member of TIPA, you become a part of an
important and influential group of people who are making
decisions regarding the future of the Texas fresh produce industry
- are decisions that will affect your business. As a member,
you will also stay informed about produce industry issues
and events, and be able to participate in excellent educational
workshops and seminars. Most importantly, membership in TIPA
provides you with the chance to expand your business contacts,
and develop new relationships with potential customers.
As an importer and marketer of fresh grown produce, the International
Trade Division provides the only forum to address problem areas,
and identifies opportunities to improve your business environment
and promote your products.
Companies that provide products and services to the produce
industry also benefit immensely from TIPA membership. As
an allied industry member, you can gain visibility for your
company through networking opportunities along with providing
financial support of association activities, critical to the
financial success of all members.
Members of TIPA also gain the assistance of a professional,
experienced, knowledgeable staff with many years of combined
experience in the fresh produce industry. When you have questions
about issues like taxes, PLU codes, labor laws, food safety,
immigration reform, international trade issues, and other subjects,
you can simply pick up the phone and the TIPA staff is ready to answer
State: TIPA maintains a presence in Austin during
state legislative sessions, advocating the grower/shipper
position on agricultural issues.
Federal: TIPA staff regularly appears before Congress
on key national issues impacting its membership and works
in conjunction with other regional and national organizations
and coalitions to favorably influence federal legislation.
Government Relations: TIPA’s staff maintains
strong working relationships with most state and federal
regulatory agencies, ensuring frequent communication with
key representatives of agencies that oversee the industry.
Communication enables TIPA to help shape regulations authorized
under statutory law at the state and federal level.
Texas Produce Policy Council (TPPC): The mission
of the TPPC is to provide financial support directly to the
election/reelection campaigns of selected public servants
who demonstrate a positive commitment to fresh fruit and
vegetable industries in Texas and nationwide.
Produce Convention & Expo: The largest
gathering of the produce industry in the Southwest features
a variety of seminars and workshops, as well as an exposition
featuring the latest technologies and services designed
to help you direct the future of your company. In addition,
the convention and exposition provides an opportunity
for you to expand your business contacts by networking
with a diverse group of people involved in the produce
Seminars conducted throughout the year to provide
information on laws, regulations, and new technology affecting
Directory: Published annually listing members
by classification, produce grown or shipped, services
provided, addresses, and key personnel.
National Promotion: Includes monthly and quarterly
mailings to over 1,800 food buyers nationwide and in
Canada, listing fruit and vegetable availability and
National Exposition: TIPA annually coordinates the
Texas Town Pavilion exhibit at the Produce Marketing Association
convention, the largest industry gathering held in the United
Canadian Promotion: TIPA actively participates in “Go
South! For Today’s Meal Solutions”, a program
promoting Texas fruits and vegetables utilizing USDA Market
Access Program funds.
Trade Tours: TIPA frequently coordinates trade tours
of buyers interested in visiting Texas produce production
Hall of Fame:
Hall of Fame Program: Established in 1988, this
program recognizes those leaders who have been instrumental
in building the Texas produce industry.
Program: TIPA recognizes the need to educate the
future generations of produce industry leaders by annually
presenting annually a scholarship to a student studying
in the field of agriculture.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance: TIPA’s
Safety Group provides members affordable insurance and a
strong safety program through the Texas Mutual Insurance Company.
Medical: Through an endorsed program, TIPA constantly
provides members with the best available medical insurance
Property and Casualty: TIPA provides tailored programs
designed to meet the individual needs of each member.
Crop Insurance: TIPA endorses a major crop
insurance provider to ensure the best possible service for