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TXGLC Presents the Art of Grazing Workshop in Lubbock

By Quenna Terry, NRCS Public Affairs Specialist

The High Plains and Southern Rolling Plains Texas Grazing Land Coalitions (TXGLC) partnered this fall to host the 1st Annual Art of Grazing Workshop at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

The one-day event was unique with two TXGLC coalitions teaming up to bring in the best range management experts, from ranchers to ag industry company representatives.   

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and TXGLC planned and organized this workshop of knowledge and experience.  Clint Rollins, coordinator with the High Plains GLC, Matt Coffman, coordinator with the Southern Rolling Plains GLC, and Jenny Pluhar, executive director of TXGLC, were pleased with the overall success of the event.

“This workshop brings together an important collaboration each year among people in the industry.  It’s also an educational opportunity everyone can learn from including students and agricultural organizations focused on livestock and wildlife,” Rollins said.

Almost 100 ranchers, board members of the coalitions, ag industry representatives, state and federal agency employees and students gathered at this year’s workshop. 

Coffman said, “We partner with a number of people and organizations to provide meaningful information to land stewards and others.  Grazing lands include rangeland and pasture land that make up millions of acres across Texas. What happens on this land impacts us all.”

Several Texas ranchers and range management specialists presented interesting program topics including: practical application of sound grazing management; biological control of yucca with bison and bison biology and management; ranching on sunshine, rainfall and management; and ecosystem drivers and disturbances.

During the program, TXGLC also asked graduate student winners of the professional presentation competition to present their three-minute speeches:  Juan G. Garcia-Cancel presented “The Subtle Expansionist: Bufflegrass Invasions in Texas and Puerto Rico;” Kathryn Radicke presented “Can Alfalfa in Mixture with Grass Reduce Enteric Methane Emissions from Cattle on Pasture?;” and Veronica Urbanczyk presented “Investigating Factors that Influence Northern Bobwhite Chick Survival.”  Each of the graduate students received monetary awards from the TXGLC.

TXGLC officially organized in 1994 with 40 organizations supporting the goals and mission of TXGLC.  The High Plains GLC and the Southern Rolling Plains GLC are two of the TXGLC members of the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

TXGLC works with many partnerships sharing the mission to support sound grazing land stewardship and assists owners and managers of private grazing lands.  Expert technical assistance is available to implement, on a voluntary basis, technologies for conservation management of the private grazing lands and other natural renewable resources of Texas.

l assistance is available to implement, on a voluntary basis, technologies for conservation management of the private grazing lands and other natural renewable resources of Texas.

TXGLC Presents the Art of Grazing Workshop in Lubbock, By Quenna Terry, USDA-NRCS public affairs specialist, (2019, Oct)