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NRCS part of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers convention weekend

NRCS part of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers convention weekend

Story by Beverly Moseley

More than 2,000 cattle raisers traveled to San Antonio recently to attend the 134th annual Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) convention. The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) took part in the event�s two-day trade show which had more than 170 vendors.

�The TSCRA meeting held in San Antonio was a tremendous opportunity for producers to learn the latest technology available to help them with resource concerns, as well as livestock issues. They had an excellent trade show where NRCS demonstrated the Web Soil Survey which helps producers with preparing a conservation plan,� said Kent Ferguson, NRCS range management specialist. �Forage production, grazing management and proper stocking of pastures were the main topics of concern for many that stopped at the booth.�

A large, steady crowd of attendees took advantage of the expertise offered by NRCS employees at the booth. The Web Soil Survey, which was being demonstrated on three computers, drew attendees to the booth and provided an excellent opportunity to visit with landowners about their property and any resource issues.

The Texas Coalition Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) held a well-attended business meeting in conjunction with the annual event.

During the closing general session, retired Texas State Conservationist Don Gohmert was honored by TSCRA for his dedicated service to NRCS and Texas. Temple Grandin, world-renowned livestock behaviorist and handling expert was the closing session�s guest speaker. She presented �The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.

During the closing general session, retired Texas state conservationist Don Gohmert was honored by TSCRA for his dedicated service to NRCS and Texas. Temple Grandin, world-renowned livestock behaviorist and handling expert spoke during the closing general session.

During the closing general session, retired Texas state conservationist Don Gohmert was honored by TSCRA for his dedicated service to NRCS and Texas.

Temple Grandin, world-renowned livestock behaviorist and handling expert spoke during the closing general session.

Attendees enjoyed receiving the NRCS 2011 calendars. Vivian Garcia, NRCS rangeland management specialist (left, rear) visits with three-generations of a ranching family about Web Soil Survey. �It was very rewarding to have a cattle raiser return with two generations of his family to see what the Web Soil Survey can offer them in terms of technical assistance in order to ensure that they continue to practice good stewardship on their land,� Garcia said.
Attendees enjoyed receiving the NRCS 2011 calendars.

Vivian Garcia, NRCS rangeland management specialist (left, rear) visits with three-generations of a ranching family about Web Soil Survey. �It was very rewarding to have a cattle raiser return with two generations of his family to see what the Web Soil Survey can offer them in terms of technical assistance in order to ensure that they continue to practice good stewardship on their land,� Garcia said.

Phillip Wright, NRCS range management specialist (left photo, facing middle) and Jason Hohlt, NRCS rangeland management specialist (right photo) demonstrate Web Soil Survey to a steady stream of attendees during the two-day TSCRA trade show. Phillip Wright, NRCS range management specialist (left photo, facing middle) and Jason Hohlt, NRCS rangeland management specialist (right photo) demonstrate Web Soil Survey to a steady stream of attendees during the two-day TSCRA trade show.

Phillip Wright, NRCS range management specialist (left photo, facing middle) and Jason Hohlt, NRCS rangeland management specialist (right photo) demonstrate Web Soil Survey to a steady stream of attendees during the two-day TSCRA trade show.