How Cattle Ranchers Can Combat Climate Change
“Planned grazing’s benefits to people, habitat and wildlife are the subject of the article below.
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.
As we face the impacts of climate change, ranchers and the beef industry can be part of the solution. The Texas Department of Agriculture estimates the state grossed $12.3 billion in cattle production in 2017, nearly half the state’s commodities. As they contribute to the economy, ranchers are driving solutions to environmental challenges through improved practices fostered by programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Initiative. We’ve seen firsthand the best way to effect long-term change is through collaboration. To ensure a resilient future for all Texans, ranchers must play an active role in helping create a sustainable game plan for the industry.