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Texas Families Find Financial Stability in Nature-related Tourism

West Texas ranchers are broadening their income streams to keep their cattle operations afloat.  

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Texas Families Find Financial Stability in Nature-Related Tourism

Around 76% of land in Texas is ranch and farm land and nearly all of it is family-owned. Over time, ranching has changed; nowadays, in most cases, it is no longer possible for ranchers and farmers to meet the costs … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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Underground Water in Texas: Plan to Export is Challenged

Farmers and ranchers who have been battling the drought for years have found themselves sitting on an increasingly valuable resource – their own underground water. Now, a case over water rights that will resonate across the southwest is before the … Continue reading

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Texas Beef Council Turns Focus to Younger Eaters

It has been 22 years since the racing violins and xylophonic beats of composer Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from his ballet “Rodeo” poured out of television sets, making “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” one of the most recognizable advertising campaigns of … Continue reading

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State Climatologist to Ranchers: Careful With Your Water

State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon spoke to a room full of ranchers from across the southwest on Thursday, with this message: careful how you use that water. Ranchers were gathered in Alpine for an annual meeting of the Society for … Continue reading

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Oil & Gas Trouble In Texas Ranchland: Whose Road Is It?

The Railroad Commission of Texas will meet Monday morning to consider an issue of huge importance to landowners across Texas. It has to do with how the state oversees energy companies that need access to private land. At issue at the hearing will … Continue reading

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Texas Beef Industry Looking for New Marketing Dollars, but Some Feel Left Out

Texas ranchers are voting this week on a proposed new marketing program for the state’s beef industry. Most of the industry’s big players back the measure, and it seems likely to pass. Ranchers have already been paying into national marketing … Continue reading

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