New Farm Bill to be finalized soon

The new Farm Bill will be finalized very soon. Hill Country Conservancy and its partners have played, and continue to play, a big role in ensuring passage of this important legislation. We frequently talk with elected officials on both sides of the aisle, to remind them of the important stewardship efforts of private landowners. Such efforts are even more critical here in Texas where 95% of land is privately owned. In short, our representatives and senators must understand, and be reminded frequently, that ALL Texans benefit greatly from rural landowners’ efforts to preserve water, wildlife, and agricultural viability on private lands.

Landowners are generally well aware of the importance of the Farm Bill, but they may not know of all of the programs in the Farm Bill that might help them to meet their goals. Following are a few in which some of our landowner partners have participated:

About the Author

Frank Davis

Frank Davis grew up in Texas and came to Austin in 1997, where he fell in love with the parks and natural areas of the Texas Hill Country. He is the Director of Land Conservation at Hill Country Conservancy and recently completed a six-year tenure as a board member for the Texas Land Trust Council. Frank has a Bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in wildlife ecology from Texas State University, where his thesis work analyzed the effects of growing season fire on the exotic invasive grass, King Ranch Bluestem. Frank and his wife Jenny care for the water and wildlife at their family place in Mason County.