Our membership is divided into 4 distinct areas.
Become a member of the Texas Watermelon Association
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Texas Watermelon Association please email us here.
Become a Go Texan Member
Click below to download the GO TEXAN Product Membership Application. Simply print, fill out, sign and mail. Remember to include the $100 membership fee along with the application. Checks should be made out to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Please note that processing will take approximately three-six weeks due to the number of programs licensed by the agency. If you have any questions regarding your application contact Richard De Los Santos at (512) 463-7472 or e-mail gotexan@TexasAgriculture.gov.
Remit payment and completed application to:
Texas Department of Agriculture
Marketing and International Trade Division
P.O. Box 12076
Austin, Texas 78711-2076
For membership application visit www. GOTEXAN.org or visit his link http://www.gotexan.org/BecomeAMember.aspx
RE: DECCO US ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCEMENT
June 24, 2020
Decco U.S. Postharvest is pleased to announce the joining of Jeffrey Kleypas as the Regional Sales Manager in Texas, also covering the Midwest.
Jeff is an experienced sales professional working with growers, retailers, and distributors within agribusiness in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond for seventeen years as an agronomist and sales representative. He most recently worked for Toro representing irrigation supplies throughout the Midwest. Jeff also spent time with other ag companies such as Braden Plant & Soil, J&D Produce, and Wilbur-Ellis.
Jeff graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Agronomy and is a Certified Crop Advisor in addition to being a Certified Texas Vocational Agriculture Science Teacher.
Decco US Postharvest is the worldwide leader of postharvest coatings, fungicides, cleaners, and sanitizers for the treatment of fresh fruit and vegetables. In business since 1934, Decco has been the preferred supplier of postharvest products to packers and processors for decades throughout the US. Our sales team is fully supported by a technical service department and full-service laboratories.
Jeff will be based in our McAllen, Texas office and can be reached via email at email@example.com or cell phone at (956) 821-5716.
Jeff, we welcome you to the DECCO US Postharvest Team and know you will bring much success to the organization.
Decco US Postharvest Inc.
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Texas Agriculture Matters! Texas watermelons contribute almost $90 million annually to our state’s economy. Grown on farms stretching from the Rio Grande Valley up to the High Plains and from East Texas to the Trans-Pecos, watermelons nourish Texans and the Texas economy – enabling our producers and state to continue to be recognized leaders in the global marketplace.
– Sid Miller, Agriculture Commissioner
The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
Over 1,200 varieties of watermelons are grown worldwide in 96 countries.
Watermelons are 92% water.
Watermelon's official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
The first cookbook published in the U.S. in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.
In 1990, Bill Carson of Arrington, TN grew the largest watermelon at 262 pounds that is still on the record books (1998 ed. Guinness Book of World Records).
TEXAS IS ONE OF THE TOP FOUR WATERMELON PRODUCERS IN THE COUNTRY, GROWING 15% OF THE TOTAL DOMESTIC CROP. LAST YEAR, TEXAS PRODUCED OVER 600 MILLION LBS OF WATERMELON.