What's New Archive
USDA Seeks Public Comments on Conservation Practice Standards (03/11/2019)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today it is seeking public input on its existing national conservation practice standards as part of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. NRCS offers 150-plus conservation practices to America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them meet their business and natural resource needs on their working lands. NRCS is requesting public comments on how to improve conservation practice standards that support programs. The comment period ends April 25, 2019. Learn More »
Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative 2019 Request For Proposals (10/09/2018)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is announcing the second funding opportunity for the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative. NFWF will award grants to restore and sustain healthy rivers, streams and grassland systems that provide important wildlife habitat in the Pecos watershed and adjacent areas of New Mexico and Texas. Up to $2.1 million will be available. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico and Texas and six corporate partners, Anadarko Petroleum, Chevron, Noble Energy, Occidental Petroleum, Shell Oil and XTO Energy.
Grants will be awarded in three categories: Habitat Restoration, Species Intervention, and Species Information. In this Request for Proposals, NFWF is seeking to support projects that align with the priorities described under each category.
Pre-Proposal Due Date: Thursday, October 25th 2018
Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, December 20th 2018
Free Rangeland Analysis Platform Webinar (08/30/2018)
Participate to learn about the Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) - a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands.
When: Sep 25, 2018 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: one hour
Pre-registration not required.
The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands. The RAP can be used to provide strategies to improve productivity of grazing lands, manage weeds, mitigate impacts of wildfire and drought, and benefit wildlife habitats. Learn more abouth the tool here.
This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Contact Candy Thomas, Science & Technology Training Library content manager, for more information about this webinar.
Burnet Workshop Provides Landowners With Information On Conservation Easements (03/29/2018)
The Hill Country Conservancy and the Hill Country Alliance are joining forces to host a landowner workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018, at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office, 607 N. Vandeveer, Burnet, TX 78611.
This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment and family legacy for the long term. Learn more and register online.
Texas Watershed Steward workshop planned (02/05/2018)
PALACIOS - A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Carancahua Bay and Tres Palacios watersheds will be from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Ave., Palacios. Learn more here.
San Angelo Man to be Inducted into Texas Conservation Hall of Fame (01/11/2018)
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has selected the honorees for the 2018 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and Dr. Dale Rollins. Read more here.
$397,294.00 in grant funds available for prescribed burning (09/25/2017)
Some Texas landowners may be eligible to be reimbursed for their cost of prescribed burning. Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications from private property owners who use strategically-planned prescribed fires to help reduce wildfire risk and restore natural ecosystems. The deadline for application submission is Friday, October 13, 2017. Learn more and download application here.
2017 Conservation Expo scheduled in Belton (09/12/2017)
BELTON - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, along with many area partners, will host the 2017 Conservation Expo Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. Program topics will be geared toward answering the questions and discussing the concerns of many new landowners and small acreage landowners in Central Texas. Learn more here.
Annie’s Project teaches women ranch management (08/16/2017)
With a mission to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information, Annie’s Project is coming to Stephenville beginning in September.
Classes will be held in Stephenville at the District 8 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center (1229 N US Hwy 281) on Sept. 7, 14, and 21 and Oct. 5, 12, and 19 from 6-9 p.m. Learn more here.
HB2943 - Innovative Funding For Land Conservation Vetoed (06/20/2017)
According to the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, "HB 2943 represented a win-win for the conservation of Texas' working lands AND the need to protect our state's water resources." Read the bill text here.
Soil and Water Stewardship Week Highlights the Importance of Voluntary Land Stewardship (04/14/2017)
Led by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, several Texas conservation agencies and agricultural organizations are joining together in a statewide campaign to highlight the importance of voluntary land stewardship in Texas. Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 30 through May 7. The focus this year is “No Land No Water.” Learn more here.
Time to apply for agricultural water conservation grants (04/05/2017)
The Texas Water Development Board is calling for applications for its Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program, with a deadline of May 10. Learn more here.
USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing in Response to President Trump’s Directive (04/04/2017)
April 4, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture, acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas – the three states which were most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017. Learn more here.
USDA Offers Wildlife Recovery Assistance (03/15/2017)
Texas farmers and ranchers affected by last week’s wildfires should contact their USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to obtain information about disaster assistance programs to aid recovery efforts. Learn more here.
No Land, No Water campaign to promote conservation in Texas (02/08/2017)
Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) has announced a new campaign to raise awareness for the contributions of private working lands to the water supply.
Learn more here.
What a landowner should know about conservation easements in Texas (01/25/2017)
There are four major must-knows about a conservation easement: It’s voluntary; it’s an exercise of the owner’s private property rights; it’s a negotiated document; and it’s permanent. “It's not for everyone, and it requires a lot of contemplation to make sure your goals are being met,” says Ken Cearley, stewardship director for Texas Agricultural Land Trust. Watch here.
Wynne family to sell Off 1,040 acres of historic North Texas ranch (01/18/2017)
The Wynne family has decided to sell off portions of their North Texas ranch — land the family has owned going back generations to The Battle of San Jacinto in 1836 — with the hope of keeping it a pristine working ranch. "The goal would be to sell it as a working ranch...There's not a conservation easement on the property, but it's ideally suited for that." Click here to learn more about the property.
Texas Soil Health Short Course to Offer Learning Experience for Landowners (01/13/2017)
The Texas Soil Health Short Course will be held on February 22-23, 2017 at the Region 9 Education Service Center in Wichita Falls, Texas. The short course will offer the opportunity to gain a better understanding of soil properties including water infiltration, water holding capacity, and organic matter content. Click here for more details.
NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands (12/02/2016)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.
Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) is now accepting applications (11/03/2016)
The Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) is now accepting applications for the purchase of conservation easements. To qualify, a landowner must partner with a land trust who will submit the application.
Applications are scored based on criteria such as threat of development, water resources protected, and the availability of matching funds. To meet the matching funds criteria, we encourage landowners to also consider applying to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Learn About the Wildlife Benefits in Managed Forests (09/01/2016)
If you are a forester, private landowner, or state/federal agency habitat manager, then you will want to learn the results of a project assessing "Desired Ecological States Provided by Open Pine in Managed Forests," sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Why? Because existing data was incorporated into HabPlan harvest scheduling software to simulate a variety of management options across 50 years. The results identify options for providing open pine wildlife habitat conditions in managed forests across the region as well as biodiversity responses to those management options. The Society of American Foresters has pre-approved this webinar for one Continuing Forestry Education credit hour.
Register Here »
McAllen's Quinta Mazatlàn Awarded Conservation Grant (08/17/2016)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, through the Great Texas Birding Classic, awarded Quinta Mazatlán a conservation grant to support its Great Homes for Great Birds project, which focuses on Purple Martins, the largest swallow species in North America. Learn more here.
Big Thinking in Texas - How to Make the Endangered Species Act Work for All (08/01/2016)
Central Texas is home to many of the nation's fastest growing cities and counties and almost entirely privately owned, but it is also a hotspot for biodiversity, including some species unique to Texas and protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Learn more here.
Texas Agritourism Act (02/01/2016)
Texas now has a new statute offering liability protection for agritourism operations. The Act, carried as SB 610 and now codified as Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 75A, offers important protections of which landowners need to be aware.
Learn more here.