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Cattlemen Converge on Fort Worth

Cattlemen Converge on Fort Worth

Story by Beverly Moseley

More than 1,000 beef producers gathered in Fort Worth recently for the 133rd Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association annual convention and tradeshow. The Natural Resources Conservation Service was part of the trade show which had more than 150 exhibitors.

�The trade show is such a great place to meet livestock producers from around the state to discuss conservation and stewardship issues. Ranchers and farmers are some of the best protectors of our environmental assets and this event gives them access to some state-of-the-art tools for ranch and farm planning,� said Don Gohmert, NRCS state conservationist for Texas.

The Web Soil Survey drew large crowds throughout the two-day tradeshow. Attendees were able to work one-on-one with NRCS staff using computers to learn how to navigate through geographic areas of interest and access data such as interactive soil maps, soil properties and qualities, along with assessing suitability and limitation land uses.

More than thirty people attended the Texas Coalition Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative business meeting held in conjunction with the annual event.

� The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, better known as GLCI, is a formal organization of ranchers dedicated to sharing and expanding the use of technical assistance available to ranchers from NRCS, AgriLife Extension and ARS. Field days, seminars and trade shows are some of the many activities the Texas GLCI member ranchers engage in throughout the year,� Gohmert said.

In addition to working out details of future educational events at the GLCI meeting, a report was provided by Brian and Amy Hays of Texas A&M University�s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

�The Texas GLCI commissioned the IRNR to conduct a study of Texas county officials as to their perceptions regarding burns bans. This study confirmed some thinking, but also uncovered new information and is a statistically valid study and the first of its kind. This information will be used to foster improvement of the process of invoking burn bans in Texas,� said Mark Moseley, NRCS rangeland management specialist.

Several regional reports were also provided including one that featured the installation of additional GS-11 Rangeland Management Specialists positions, Moseley said.

Two promotional videos were also shown. One provided an overview of the Texas GLCI. A documentary of the Rooter Brite ranch near Bowie, who was selected as the Regional Land Stewardship winner awarded by the Texas Section Society for Range Management and TSCRA, also was shown.

Brite is the Texas GLCI coalition chair.

Rooter Brite and Mark Moseley

Group attending meeting

Rooter Brite, Texas GLCI coalition chair (left) and Mark Moseley, NRCS rangeland management specialist, go over their notes before the Texas Coalition Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative business meeting held in conjunction with the annual Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention and tradeshow. More than thirty people attended the business meeting.

he Web Soil Survey drew large crowds throughout the two-day tradeshow. Attendees were able to work one-on-one with NRCS staff using computers to learn how to navigate through geographic areas of interest and access data such as interactive soil maps, soil properties and qualities, along with assessing suitability and limitation land uses. he Web Soil Survey drew large crowds throughout the two-day tradeshow. Attendees were able to work one-on-one with NRCS staff using computers to learn how to navigate through geographic areas of interest and access data such as interactive soil maps, soil properties and qualities, along with assessing suitability and limitation land uses.

The Web Soil Survey drew large crowds throughout the two-day tradeshow. Attendees were able to work one-on-one with NRCS staff using computers to learn how to navigate through geographic areas of interest and access data such as interactive soil maps, soil properties and qualities, along with assessing suitability and limitation land uses.