The 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo broke attendance records again this year with more than two million visitors at the 79th annual event.
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) took part in this yearï¿½s activities with a trade show booth at the 5th Annual Ranching & Wildlife Expo, held in conjunction with the Livestock Show and Rodeo.
ï¿½It was a good opportunity to interact with a lot of different landowners,ï¿½ said Craig Pate, NRCS district conservationist from Bryan. ï¿½We talked to a lot of people about burning and managing native grasses.ï¿½
This is the second year that the Ranching & Wildlife Expo was held at Reliant Center. In previous years it was held at the Reliant Arena.
During the four-day event, educational sessions were held along with a FFA ranching and wildlife competition. Educational sessions covered topics such as prescribed burning, native prairie restoration and water rights.
NRCS field staff visited with a number of private landowners and students about the agency, USDA Farm Bill programs and the technical assistance it offers to landowners across Texas.
One of the highlights of the Expo, which drew a large crowd, was the wildlife live auction held in the Main Club during the expo. The live auction pulled in $219,000. A silent auction was held which brought in $24,590.
Craig Pate, NRCS district conservationist from Bryan, visits with landowners at the 5th Annual Ranching & Wildlife Expo trade show held in conjunction with the 79th Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.