Climate Change and its Impact on Agriculture | Texas Land and Ranch Ownership Resources

Texas’s climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed between one-half and one degree (F) in the past century. In the eastern two-thirds of the state, average annual rainfall is increasing, yet the soil is becoming drier. Rainstorms are becoming more intense, and floods are becoming more severe. Along much of the coast, the sea is rising almost two inches per decade. In the coming decades, storms are likely to become more severe, deserts may expand, and summers are likely to become increasingly hot and dry, creating problems for agriculture and possibly human health.

Climate Change and its Impact on Agriculture | Texas Land and Ranch Ownership Resources

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Often you will hear people argue against eating meat based on the treatment of animals and the negative environmental impacts that some companies make while producing their livestock. There has recently been a greater push for purchasing sustainably-sourced products, including beef and other meats, as opposed to vetoing meat entirely.

Here are some reasons as to why you should sustainably raise cattle as well as ways that you can do so within Texas.

What Does it Mean to be Sustainable?

From the definition as determined by natural scientists, to be sustainable means that you are living, or in this case producing, without draining the environment of its natural resources. This means taking steps to reduce waste and keep the ecological damage to

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Underground water in Texas Hill Country

For a long while, Texas Hill Country real estate was known for its thriving acreages that were rich in water sources like creeks and springs. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, these plots of land were extremely reasonable in price!

But now, land is more expensive than ever with some properties selling for as much as $75,000 per acre.

Gone are the days of finding Hill Country farmland for a budget of $15,000 per acre. Searching for this type of real estate is looking for a unicorn--you’re not likely to find it.

So, why has the land become so expensive?

Well, the answer has to do with groundwater.

  • The Diminishing Supply of Water
  • Digging for Groundwater
  • The Rule of Capture
  • The Texas Aquifers
  • The
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The Australia Bushfires, which have been raging since November with unprecedented destruction, have encompassed an area in Australia approximately equal to the size of South Korea. Not only is the destruction of wildlife, and property absolutely devastating from these fires, but the effects that the fires will have on the Agriculture business could be detrimental to that portion of Australia’s economy.

Each year there is a season of wildfires in Australia which usually extend through the Summer and Fall months. These fires beginning in November are highly unusual as well as the ferocity in which these fires have been spreading. At least two dozen people have been confirmed dead and more are missing as the fires continue raging. So far, roughly 25.5

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how usda nrcs can aid your land management

 

Did you know that through the National Resource Conservation Service in Texas, eligible landowners can receive financial and technical assistance in natural resource management?  Through grants, incentive programs, and stewardship programs, Texas landowners can find ways to sustainably manage their land and production. The goal of the program is to help implement conservative practices into your land, so not only will you be able to have immediate help with your land, but you will have secured the future for your land. 

Not only does the United States Department of Agriculture offer financial aid, but they also have programs that help in landscape planning, which includes ways to avoid watershed damage from the flash floods that frequent

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The Incentive Program

NRCS in Texas is making funding available through the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) for qualified agricultural producers to assist in conservation practices that help to sustain the lands natural resources during drought or assist during recovery. 

Since the drought so severely affects the agricultural production of Texas, NRCS is trying to help sustain the industry that makes up 36% of the producers within the state. 

Not only does NRCS provide an extensive list of counties that it will aid during this drought, but specific crops that they are looking to aid. To apply for aid check out their program here.

 

What a Drought Means for Your Land

Droughts have plagued Texas forever, but

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