Farm and ranch acres in Texas are disappearing. The land is not gone, but its use is.
You’re probably not surprised. What may surprise you, however, is the rate at which the land is being converted.
The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute says in the 20 years from 1997-2017, Texas lost about 2.2 million acres of working lands. The rate of conversion accelerated in the last five-year period, with over 1.2 million acres lost during that time. That’s over 650 acres per day.
Read more from Gary Joiner, Communications Director of Texas Farm Bureau, from Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute here.