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Success Stories - 2017

December 2017

Liz Parks and Jennifer DeLeon with the Region17 Education Center plan & organize the event.

NRCS extends public service to students 
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Brazos County SWCD #450 recently received recognition for the 75 years of public service. Brazos County SWCD Honored
By Beverly Moseley, Public Affairs Director, USDA-NRCS
NRCS Assistant State Conservationist Darren Richardson presents during the 2017 Texas Wheat Program.

Texas Wheat Symposium offers updates from USDA
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Melissa and Doug Havemann, owners of Mesquite Field Farm teach others about sustainable agriculture.

Texas NRCS Recognizes Veteran Farmer as Earth Team Volunteer of the Year
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Dr. Bill Fox discusses the water use relationships on the ranch. Pictured in the background is a tallgrass prairie site. Wildlife, Cattle, and Beer
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Students have an opportunity to participate in a plant identification contest following the workshop.


JA Ranch hosts Grazing Workshop
By Shannon Rowley, NRCS Soil Conservationist, Amarillo 
and Ashley Abreu, NRCS Soil Conservationist Amarillo

November 2017

Matt and Jessica Norton are finishing up there 10th season at Fiddlesticks Farms bring a slice of the farm life to families at their corn maze.

Get Lost in Conservation
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Victoria Norrell demonstrates a water module which includes an explanation about rainfall impacts on watersheds and the type erosion that can take place.

Keeping our kids safe on the farm
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Robyn Sims discusses soil health principles with the group.

There’s no place like home
By Robyn Sims, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician

Emry Birdwell and wife Deborah Clark of Henrietta were recognized as the Outstanding Environmental Stewardship award winners with their one herd High Intensity Low Frequency grazing system.

Technology, cattle, and wildlife collide at TSSRM meeting
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Kevin Isom, NRCS DC, accesses windmill damage after Hurricane Harvey with rancher Stephen Diebel.

Harvey was Strong, but Texas is Stronger
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

October 2017

Phillip Stewart, NRCS Texas (left), visits with Liberty County rancher Jack Carraway about available assistance post hurricane Harvey.

A Hurricane Named Harvey
By Beverly Moseley, Public Affairs Director, USDA-NRCS

Broyles' staff donated thousands of dollars in supplies for Harvey victims.

People Helping People
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Antoniette Madrazo, learns about behind the scenes work that goes into Helping People Help the Land.

Texas NRCS Provides USDA Learning and Career Experiences
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Lee Munz discusses funding opportunities available through the TSSWCB and SWCDs for dam sponsors. It's Raining, Dam it...
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
The 72 cow milking carousel will get 400 cows milked per hour with just 5 employees tending to them. They've Got Milk
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
 
Juan Raygoza, of Terra Preta Farms talks to participants about seasonal high tunnels.

Growing Together, Creciendo Juntos
By Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Coordinator

NRCS Range Management Specialist Jason Hohlt speaks at the 63rd Annual Beef Cattle Short Course.

NRCS Participates at the Largest Beef Educational Event in Texas
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Immanual Muhammed had never been around cows before his summer in Texas with NRCS Concrete Roots
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Wildlife Refuge area reveals new grass growth and recovery following prescribed burn.

Call of the Wild 
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

September  2017

Phillip Stewart, NRCS resource team leader in Liberty provided attendees information on available disaster assistance through NRCS programs.

Farmers and Ranchers Gather at Disaster Assistance Workshop in Raywood 
By Beverly Moseley, Public Affairs Director, USDA-NRCS

Livie Hughes, graduating senior from Memphis High School, is awarded the 2017 NACD Auxiliary Scholarship from the South Central region.  Livie is the daughter of NRCS Resource Team Leader Brent Baucom.

High Plains Student receives NACD Scholarship
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

The dot on the map indicates the location where NRCS' Kristy Oates uploaded pics and information about flood damage.

NRCS Develops New Web App to Expedite Agency Response to Harvey
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Sherman DC Donald Gibbons and Zone Soil Scientist John Sacket talked about soils.

An Eye Opening Experience
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

San Antonio Food Bank President, Eric Cooper (right) personally thanked volunteer truck driver Terry Pehl.

Sweet Donation for Hurricane Harvey Victims
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Jimmy and Theresa Sterling accept  Region IV Environmental Stewardship Award from NCBA. Sterling Raises the Bar for Environmental Stewardship
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

August  2017

Arugula seems to be in high demand but harvesting can be back breaking work. High tunnels help local markets grow
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Students discuss resistivity equipment with Advanced Geosciences Inc. consultant. Stormwater be dammed
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
AfterRehab: $3.8 million constructions cost, City of McKinney 17%, TSSWCB 18% and NRCS 65%.

A Lake to Celebrate
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

July 2017

Plant identification is one of the testing requirements in the state contest.

Texas High Plains Region Hosts Site for 2017 State WAY Contest
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Devin Koehler and Chris Casaday discuss water distribution, grazing management and wildlife habitat.

Boy Scouts learn land stewardship through conservation planning
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Brenda Gibson, DC in Tulia serves as state special emphasis representative for AAPI.
High Plains Region Hosts AAPI Outreach Effort
By Hannah Gray, Earth Team Volunteer/Intern with 
Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

June 2017

Former First Lady Laura Bush gave the keynote address at the Texan by Nature's Monarch Symposium.

Monarch recovery focus of state symposium
By Beverly Moseley, Public Affairs Director, USDA-NRCS

Girl Scouts from Greater South Texas add native plants for Monarchs to Combes Community Garden.

Wildflower Seeds Spur Pollinator Gardens by Girls Scouts of Greater South Texas
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Workshop attendees learned how to construct a seasonal high tunnel. Learning to Grow
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Mattlage has worked with NRCS DC Clete Vanderburg to establish wildlife habitat. Footprints
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Lowell Smith, Jr., visits with workshop participants on his ranch in Johnson County.

Collaborative Learning
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Rangeland begins to recover on Bull Ranch April 26, 2017 – near Goettsche Lake in the Texas Panhandle.

NRCS Helps in Wildfire Recovery and Restoration
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

At the end of the nature trail, everyone enjoyed a hamburger cookout in the Canyon.

Community Unites for Tradition in Outdoor Education
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

John Sackett uses a Styrofoam cup to demonstrate soil.

Erosion Appreciation Day II
By Jacob Shaffer, District Conservationist, USDA-NRCS with 
Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Dr. John Tomecek provided information, research, and control methods on feral hogs.

8th Annual Ranchers Workshop Was Big Success
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

NRCS DC Michael Brooks provided the audience with organic farming information.

Minority Landowner Conference a Major Success
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Many NRCS partners exhibited at the event, demonstration conservation in agriculture practices.

Kind of a Big Deal
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Crawfish traps are used on flooded organic rice fields using organic feed is processed and sold in local markets.

Conservation Tour Ranges from Wildlife Corridors to Farming Crawfish
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Participants perform a soil stability demonstration as a way to help explain soil properties

Improving Conservation Delivery for Women Landowners and Producers
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

May 2017

Texas farmer Yuang Hwa Chan is a native of Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan Dream Realized on American Soil
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Richard Taylor and partner Suzie Paris next to a spring that began to flow once “cedar” was removed.

Learning is a process but you have to be listening
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

The Murillo's stand next to a new cross fence where juniper was cleared with new grass coming up. Ranching in the Past and Present
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Phebe K. Warner members pictured with Hannah Gray, NRCS communications intern (back row) NRCS presents conservation outreach program to women's society
By Hannah Gray, Earth Team Volunteer/Intern 
Students participate in contest and evaluate profile in one of the contest pits.

NRCS Soil Scientists Help Students Dig Deeper
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Henderson inspects a cow pea vine that has grown up a millet plant. This vertical growth increases A New Banking System
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Zone Soil Scientist John Sackett visits with landowners at the NWQI meeting in Comanche, TX Texas Landowners Learn Practices to Improve Water Quality
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

April 2017

Trinity Valley Community College Cattle Show Team volunteers at NRCS/SWCD contests on campus. Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
NRCS unveiled new interactive educational 14 foot trailer at the 140th Annual Cattle Raisers Expo New NRCS Trailer is a Big Hit at TSCRA Expo
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Greenhouse grown plants were offered at one of the many booths at the event.

Ag on Display
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Even with no ag background, NRCS is helping Garland become a successful farmer A Sprouting Business
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Alan Stanke, NRCS state soil scientist put his media training to work at the Soil Health Short Course. Agriculture has a voice in the media
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

March 2017

Local media covered the popular conference. First Annual Soil Health Short Course a Big Success
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

February 2017

The 60-yr-old dam at Padera Lake was in bad shape with severe erosion and a small, broken outlet pipe. Performing Under Pressure
By Dee Ann Littlefield, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

January 2017

Rollins uses clipping frames in his trainings to show how to determine forage production. NRCS helps wildlife and livestock live better together
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS