Each year, the Governor’s Office and commissioners from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality honor the state’s most outstanding environmental projects through the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. Winners from across the state exemplify how Texans set the standard for ensuring clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. Share Your Story by applying today for the 2018 awards! http://buff.ly/2tefZ4y
Time is running out! The 2017 Census of Agriculture sign up closes this month. Information collected from this survey will provide valuable data used by the Texas Land Trends program to determine status and trends of the state’s important working lands. Spread the work and head on over to:
We have published our latest annual report, highlighting some of our major project accomplishments from 2016. Read the full report and view the infographic for a look at our work in 2016.
What is covered in the open-space tax appraisal? Not just traditional Agricultural Use, an open-space tax appraisal property can include Wildlife Management Use as its main purpose. This designation allows the property to be taxed based on the productive value of the land rather than the land’s market value, significantly reducing the financial burden on landowners. The wildlife management option promotes conservation of the state's natural landscapes which benefit both wildlife and Texans alike. http://buff.ly/2sFNMk7
Where is the most expensive rural land in Texas? Similar to traditional home real estate values, rural land market values vary by location, land use, property size and other market factors but generally increase in value the closer in proximity to urban areas. When this price greatly exceeds agricultural productivity values, the threat of ownership fragmentation and land use conversion increases, as landowners are more likely to turn a profit through land sales associated with non-agricultural uses. http://buff.ly/2sY2C4u
Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert, recently talked about agricultural law in Denton, mentioning our Texas Land Trends study.
Calling all farmers and ranchers! The U.S. Department of Agriculture is performing a nationwide Census of Agriculture survey this year. Data derived from the survey will inform our Texas Land Trends program, providing valuable insight into our state’s working lands. June is the last month to sign up, so hurry over to: http://buff.ly/2sSiJnB
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Farmers & Landowners Workshops, June 22 in San Benito and June 23 in Harlingen.
USDA-NRCS representatives will discuss cost share and financial assistance programs, conservation programs and conservation planning; farm loan programs; organic farming; urban agriculture; pollinators; soil health; agricultural marketing; cattle and hay operations; high tunnel ( hoop houses); erosion control; irrigation systems; veteran’s programs and more. Lunch is provided both days.
To register please RSVP at (956) 399-2522 ext.6375 or email OzLongoria@tx.usda.gov
New issue of Conservation News by the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board, featuring our Texas Land Trends.
In Texas, where more than 95% of the land is privately owned, that raindrop is likely to fall on a private farm, ranch or forest, also known as working lands. Texas has more than 142 million acres of these private working lands and leads the nation in land devoted to farms, ranches and forests. Find out more about our state's working lands at: http://buff.ly/2rAXJNo