American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms. As the vital link among farmers, conservationists and policy-makers, American Farmland Trust is focused on ensuring the availability of the land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes.
Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance has worked for more than 25 years with the national land conservation community – comprised of million dedicated land conservation professionals, volunteers and supporters – to quickly, effectively and permanently save our most valued natural places across America.
Texas Land Trust Council
The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC) was formed in 1999 in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve as a support association for all land trust organizations in Texas. Today the Council is an independent organization which continues its work to promote and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts.
Texas Wildlife Association
The Texas Wildlife Association is a statewide organization that is an active advocate in the state and national political arenas for wildlife and natural resource conservation, as well as at the regional levels within Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides outdoor recreational opportunities by managing and protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat and acquiring and managing parklands and historic areas. The Texas legislature placed authority for managing fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department when it passed the Wildlife Conservation Act in 1983.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.
Partnership of Rangeland Trusts
The Partnership of Rangeland Trusts (PORT) is an association of locally-based, agriculturally-oriented land conservation organizations established to leverage resources to enhance the voluntary conservation and stewardship of America’s ranchlands. All participating organizations share the unique characteristic of working from within the agricultural community by having associations with their state livestock organization either through direct affiliations or cooperative agreements.
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Farm Bureau is an effective organization in successfully advancing the public policy interests of farmers and ranchers and serving as the “Voice of Texas Agriculture” while providing high-value member benefits and services.
Farmland Information Center
The FIC is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust.
Texas Department of Agriculture
TDA is a diversified state agency that provides a value-added service through marketing and regulatory services. The 1998-99 operating budget was $43 million. With 502 employees, TDA headquarters are located in Austin, and have five regional service offices, four satellite offices, seven laboratories and six livestock export facilities.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally called the Soil Conservation Service) has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America’s private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources.
Taking Care Of Texas
The mission of Taking Care of Texas is to spur conservation efforts that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in.