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Private Lands, Public Benefits
This guide is for Texans who want to ensure a future for the state’s farms and ranches: landowners who want to conserve, protect and steward their land and its resources; policymakers concerned about the costs to the state of the loss of rural lands; and all Texans who value the many benefits provided by working farms and ranches.
2009 Texas RuRal land trends study
Texas is home to over 142 million acres of private farms, ranches and forestlands, thus leading the nation in land area devoted to privately-owned working lands. Accounting for 84 percent of the state, these rural lands provide significant economic, environmental and recreational benefits. However, these benefits are quickly disappearing. A recent study conducted by the Institute for Renewable Natural Resources at Texas A&M University for American Farmland Trust reveals that Texas lost 2.1 million acres of farms, ranches and forest land between 1997 and 2007. To see the study, go to Texas Land Trends.
Read our policy recommendations for Texas.
Texas Agricultural Land Trust a Reality
Concerned about the accelerated loss of agricultural lands
in Texas, leaders of Texas’ statewide agricultural and
landowner organizations came together to create the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT). Facilitated by American Farmland Trust and modeled on agricultural land trusts in Colorado, Wyoming and California, TALT promotes
the conservation of productive private working lands and wildlife habitats. The creation of this new land trust enhances both public and private efforts to conserve Texas’ vital natural resources, and will augment efforts across the state to stem the loss of rural lands.
Contact Blair Fitzsimmons for more information.
what's The value of Agricultural Land to your community?
GROWING LOCAL: CONNECTING FARMS AND FOOD
Every day we are losing important urban-edge farmland that supplies 91% of fruits and 78% of vegetables to the United States. Our Growing Local campaign builds healthy communities by protecting local farm and ranch land and supporting access to fresh, local food.
Senior Policy and Program Advisor
To learn more about agriculture in your state, visit the Texas state profile page at the Farmland Information Center.