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How Cattle Ranchers Can Combat Climate Change

How cattle ranchers can combat climate change

Texas relies on the multibillion-dollar cattle industry for economic success and the conservation of our iconic landscape — the two are not mutually exclusive. Ranchers have a devotion to the land that sustains their livelihood, as it did for generations before them. This lifetime connection to the land is bringing ranchers and conservationists together to overcome the mounting challenges of climate change.   Read more from Meredith Ellis and Suzanne Scott with San Antonio Express-News here.

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This Water Is My Water

This water is my water

An old fight over water is coming to a boil in Central Texas, a fight with all the conflict and character of an old western movie. There are farmers up in arms and big-city charmers, empire builders and nervous politicians. The very life of the prettiest river in Texas is in jeopardy, and numerous endangered species are at risk. So, some say, is progress.   Read more from this archived Texas Monthly article written by Al Reinert for the November…

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Water Seed Grant Initiative Webinar Summarizes Project Progress

Water Seed Grant Initiative webinar summarizes project progress

In 2020, seven multidisciplinary teams were chosen as recipients of the fiscal year 2020-2021 Water Seed Grant Initiative, “Research, Engineering and Extension: Creation and Deployment of Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms.” The teams were selected by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Through the initiative, the three Texas A&M University System agencies have provided $1,136,627 in funding for the grants for 20 months across fiscal years 2020 and 2021, administered by Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI).  …

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Two Distinctive Hill Country Wineries Show Why Texas Wine Month Is Well Worth Celebrating

Two distinctive Hill Country wineries show why Texas Wine Month is well worth celebrating

With more than 500 wineries driving an economy valued at $13 billion, it’s clear Texas wine has long passed the all-hat-and-no-cattle phase. That there’s red, white and rosé gold in them there hills is further underscored by other statistical rankings that put the Texas Hill Country among the best most-visited wine producing regions in the US. Texas Wine Month, which takes place in October, celebrates this and more.   Read more from Ron Bechtol with the San Antonio Current here.

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Solarization On The Water Quality Protection Lands And How You Can Do This At Home

Solarization on the Water Quality Protection Lands and how you can do this at home

On the Water Quality Protection Lands, we’ve been experimenting with soil solarization to control invasive grasses in summer (June-August). This process uses solar radiation to heat the roots and seed of herbaceous plants to such high temperatures that they are no longer able to grow and spread. If you have ever pulled weeds in your yard, only to find that they continue to grow and spread from seed or roots left behind, you may want to try this method at home.…

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Look Out Napa Valley, Texas Hill Country Named Among Best Wine Regions In U.S.

Look out Napa Valley, Texas Hill Country named among best wine regions in U.S.

Where is the best place to swirl, sniff and sip wine in the United States? If you guessed Napa Valley, you haven’t been paying attention. The popular Northern California destination did not make the top 10 in the 2021 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards for best wine regions, but the Texas Hill Country did.   Read more about Texas's award-winning wine from Timothy Fanning with San Antonio Express-News here.

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The Well Fixer’s Warning

The well fixer’s warning

The well fixer and I were standing at the edge of an almond orchard in the exhausted middle of California. It was late July, and so many wells on the farms of Madera County were coming up dry that he was running out of parts to fix them. In this latest round of western drought, desperate voices were calling him at six in the morning and again at midnight. They were puzzled why their pumps were coughing up sand, the…

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Texas Hill Country Harvests No. 3 Ranking Among American Wine Regions

Texas Hill Country harvests No. 3 ranking among American wine regions

Sorry, Napa Valley. Apologies, Sonoma Valley. The Hill Country crushes both of those heavily hyped California destinations (like a grape) in a new ranking of the best wine regions. The Hill Country lands at No. 3 in the 2021 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for the top 10 wine regions. Nine U.S. regions and one region in Mexico made the list, with Washington state’s Walla Walla Valley earning the No. 1 spot. Neither Napa Valley nor Sonoma Valley appears in the…

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Climate Change Is Intensifying The Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

Climate change is intensifying the water cycle, new IPCC report finds

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of the world’s leading climate scientists, released its sixth climate assessment on Monday. The 1,300-page paper is the most comprehensive, up-to-date report yet on the physical science of climate change, synthesizing the findings of thousands of recent publications. The report paints an alarming picture of the future of fresh water. It concludes that man-made contributions to a warming planet are far-reaching.   Read more about the IPCC report from Laura Gersony with…

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2021 Texas Legislative Recap – Key Bills For Agriculture

2021 Texas legislative recap – key bills for agriculture

As we do after every Texas Legislative Session, we’re here with a recap of the 87th Texas Legislature and the bills impacting agriculture.  As you will see, it was a busy session with a number of ag-related bills being passed.  We have linked each bill below to allow easy access to the full text. Also, as has become tradition, J Pete Laney joined me on the Ag Law in the Field Podcast to discuss these bills and give us his…

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