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Southeast Texas Rice Festival Spectators learn about Conservation

Southeast Texas Rice Festival Spectators learn about Conservation

Story by Beaumont Field Office

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees from Beaumont, Anahuac and Liberty field offices, along with the Coastal Soil & Water Conservation District #432, participated in the 41st Winnie Rice Festival educational exhibit in Winnie, TX.

NRCS provided information on Farm Bill programs and educational materials to more than a thousand festival attendees. The educational exhibits spanned the weekend and provided a variety of agriculture and wildlife booths. Sunny skies and cooler temperatures produced record crowds.

�The Rice Festival provides NRCS with an opportunity to educate the public on the important role we serve with the surrounding agricultural communities and provide information on Farm Bill programs that may benefit their operations,� said Beaumont District Conservationist, Kevin Isom.

The Winnie Rice Festival has a long history of recognizing the area rice farmers and leaders in the agriculture community.

Liberty District Conservationist Phillip Stewart and Soil Conservationist Gary Barnett visit with area landowner about Farm Bill programs.

District Conservationists David Manthei and Kevin Isom review an educational forestry activity book with local agriculture teacher Ruben Stringer.
Liberty District Conservationist Phillip Stewart and Soil Conservationist Gary Barnett visit with area landowner about Farm Bill programs. District Conservationists David Manthei and Kevin Isom review an educational forestry activity book with local agriculture teacher Ruben Stringer.