How cattle ranchers can tackle climate change
Texas relies on the multi-billion dollar beef industry for its economic success and the conservation of our iconic landscape – the two are not mutually exclusive. Herders have a devotion to the land that sustains their livelihood, as it has for generations before them. This lifelong connection to the land brings pastoralists and environmentalists together to overcome the growing challenges of climate change.
Faced with the impacts of climate change, farmers and the beef industry can be part of the solution. The Texas Department of Agriculture estimates the state generated $ 12.3 billion in beef production in 2017, nearly half of the state’s staple food. While contributing to the economy, ranchers seek solutions to environmental challenges through improved practices promoted by programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative. Agriculture. We’ve seen first-hand that the best way to effect long-term change is through collaboration. To ensure a resilient future for all Texans, ranchers must take an active role in helping to create a sustainable game plan for the industry.