Did you know that 22.4 million tons of rangeland production are lost annually in the Great Plains to woody encroachment? Or that The Great Plains accounts for approximately 95% of the nation’s lost rangeland production to woody encroachment?
As the peak of summer approaches, drought conditions become alarmingly extended, and extended triple digit heat cripples and crunches native grasses, and convective storms rage dry lightning, it’s crucial that ranchers equip themselves with the knowledge and tools to combat any extreme conditions, namely summer wildfire season. Fire weather days are a mix of low humidity, strong winds and high temperatures. The number of these days has increased in the lower 48 states in the past 50 years alone.
Depending on where you live in the United States, Wildfire season is either upon you or coming up. Crucial information about weather updates and knowing when and where potential severe fire conditions are key. Did you know that the Wildfire SAFE is an app that provides all of this information?
Parts of Texas have received quite a bit of rain over the last month, some more than 5 inches, while some parts in West Texas have seen less than an inch. However, the rain across the state has helped significantly with drought conditions.
In Texas, close to 95% of the land lies in private ownership, which means relying on collaborative solutions and public-private partnerships to support the stewardship and conservation of natural resources for the public good.
Four separate projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative with West Texas Rangelands Involvement! These projects will combine the expertise of Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to provide livestock producer support and increase the use of conservation principles on grazing lands.
Carbon Markets and Carbon Credits have been the buzz words in the Agriculture Industry lately. These markets are growing rapidly and evolving in response to supply and demand. With growth comes questions regarding these markets.
Did you know that Texas Landowner demographics are surveyed by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI)? This type of information is incredibly valuable and insightful to the changing demographic occurring across Texas working landscapes.