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December 2019

NRCS assistance with three seasonal high tunnels provided many benefits to Green Bexar Farm.

Beginning Farmers Tap into USDA Programs for Organic Urban Farm in Bexar County
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, Corpus Christi

NRCS Soil Scientist, Wayne Gabriel assists tour participants in the identification of several plant species such as Engelmann's prickly pear and tasajillo (locally known as Christmas cactus) at Stop 10 in the Central Edwards Plateau (MLRA 81B).

Soil Survey Region 9 Staff Assist with SSSA Field Tour
By Region 9 Soil Survey Staff: Chance Robinson (Stephenville), Travis Waiser (Kerrville) and Wayne Gabriel (Temple)

Darren Richardson, ASCFO in Lubbock and acting STC addresses farmers and ranchers at the 2019 Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in Amarillo.

Richardson addresses farmers and ranchers at Wheat Symposium
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

November 2019

Students from the Multi-Institutional Team identifying soil horizons & physical soil characteristics

Soils Judging Team Take Top Honors at Regional Competition with the Help of NRCS
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Mohammad inspects his peach tree, the pecan orchard windbreak is visible in the distance.

South Texas Farmer Thinks Outside of the Box to Diversity Farming Operation
By Debra Parsons, Winter Garden Soil and Water Conservation District

Cross fencing provides many benefits to cattle raisers from making it easier to manage cattle, rotating pasture to prevent overgrazing which reduces soil erosion, and can improve soil health and forage production.

Zavala County Rancher Uses Conservation to Benefit Ranches
By Melissa Blair, State Outreach Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Katie Haby discusses the real struggles of women and how to own your flaws and give yourself a break from your own criticism while juggling home and work life.

Women in Agriculture Workshop provides valuable resources
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

The Open Pine/Shortleaf Pine working group lead by Mike Oliver, NRCS state forester, has hosted many educational workshops and tours for East Texas landowners such as the one held at Sam Houston National Forestry held in May of this year that drew more than 75 attendees to New Wavery.

NE Texas Conservation Group Recognized Nationally for Shortleaf Pine Restoration Work
By Melissa Blair, State Outreach Specialist, USDA-NRCS

October 2019
(L) Fred Schrank, state agronomist in Texas pictured with Under Secretary Bill Northey at FPAC event

NRCS State Agronomist Receives National Honors
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

(L) Troy Headings and Jake Maenius receive prestigious engineering awards at the 2019 ASABE meeting


Texas Section ASABE Honors NRCS Engineers
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

More highlights of the TXGLC Workshop at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.


TXGLC Presents the Art of Grazing Workshop in Lubbock
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

: NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist Ashlee Barker of Junction shows her group of students a toxic plant found in the pasture called Twinleaf Senna.

Youth Range Workshop Educates Youth on More Than Agriculture for Last 65 Years
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

September 2019
Houston and Crowe walk in the cover crops that were planted to provide many conservation benefits.


Conservation Helps Texas Olive Orchard Thrive
By Melissa Blair, State Outreach Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Randy Kuehler receives the 2019 National Plant Materials Outstanding Employee Award.

NRCS Plant Materials Center Employee Receives Outstanding Recognition
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Texas NRCS employee Melissa Sturdivant received National AIANEA Presidents Award.

Melissa Sturdivant Honored during Joint Employee Training
By Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Serafin Aguirre is presented the Award of Excellence in Hispanic Community Outreach by Luis Cruz-Arroyo, NOPHNRCSE Vice President

 

NRCS Texas Hispanic Leaders Honored
By Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Specialist, USDA-NRCS

August 2019

This area was sprayed a few years ago to remove creosote bush and mesquite allowing the native grasses such as Alkali Sacaton, bluestems, and muhlies to return.

Ranching on the Pecos: A prescription for healthy rangeland
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Lori Studebaker smiles as she sells the freshly harvested ripe peaches to her customers.


Life’s a peach when you protect your harvest through conservation
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

July 2019

Dee Ann Littlefield

Texas NRCS Employee Receives 2019 Unsung Hero Award
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

June 2019

Scott is well know for his conservation minded approach in cover crop and grass planting.

Seasoned with Experience
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

May 2019

Participants are treated to cuisine typically served at a Chamorro fiesta in the Northern Mariana Islands.

NRCS celebrates a Chamorro style Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month luncheon
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


The two buckeye butterflies enjoy the abundance of wildflowers in and out of the garden utilizing flowers for food and to lay their eggs.

Blanco Middle School Students Help the Monarch Butterfly Through Texas USDA NRCS Urban Conservation Grant
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Erin Jones-Gray, Horticulturalist for WTAMU and Texas AgriLife Extension gives a presentation on common insects.

Sharing Conservation Ideas Promotes Healthy Lands
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

April 2019

Elisha at ASU Seminar Spring 2019: Elisha Kuehn discusses the application processes including the benefits, job descriptions, and other information that is provided to students.

Angelo State University students increase employment opportunities with the NRCS
By Donnie Lunsford, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

March 2019

Soil Health Symposium

Farmers Lead the Charge for a Sustainable Future
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Seasonal high tunnels provide a wide array of year round benefits for growing a variety of produce.

Texas Farm Family Uses Conservation and Diversification to Make a Difference
By Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS


Farmer Kelly Kettner from Muleshoe has used cover crops for more than 10 years.

Future Directions Irrigation Study 
By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-NRCS

February 2019


January 2019