Building a Productive Future For Cactus
ABOUT THE TEXAS CACTUS COUNCIL
The Texas Cactus Council was started in 1989 after a presentation was made at Texas A&M University about the benefits of cacti. Each person who signed up for the presentation then received a follow-up letter inviting them to join the Council. About 40 people signed up to join and the TCC was organized. As time went by, many more signed up, including some PhD's from Mexico who were very knowledgeable in the cactus field. Several of these made presentations at some of our annual meetings. Their presentations are in the TCC archives. The TCC has now grown to around 180 members.
The first TCC annual meeting was celebrated with cook-off. This event created great interest so this is now an annual event.
The purpose of the Texas Cactus Council is to benefit its members through educational programs and research designed to promote all aspects of the development and production of prickly pear and other cacti.
The TCC assists our members with new and innovative ways to utilize the many benefits of cactus products and informs our members of various methods of marketing as the demand for these products continue to grow.
It is the goal of the Council to compile and distribute to its membership any scientific information they deem useful and worthwhile to the development of usable cactus and cactus by-products. Some examples of these include developing effective methods of weed and pest control, or the stabilization and reclamation of damaged ecosystems.
The Texas Cactus Council shall assist its members in all aspects of growing and harvesting of cactus and its by-products for all types of commercial and agricultural uses. The Council works with the development of different species of cactus for various agricultural purposes. The council will inform its members of the different species available and the differences and benefits of species so members can make an educated decision as to the varieties most suited to their needs.
The Council provides input to the research and development of equipment, machinery and supplies necessary for each phase of harvesting successful cactus products. Some of the many phases include the preserving and processing of theses cactus products, and the storing, packaging, shipping and handling of all types of cactus products and by-products.