Texas Border Business
WASHINGTON – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was awarded a federal grant of $1,899,545 to encourage conservation innovation on Texas farms, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding comes through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which helps partners implement and evaluate innovative conservation practices that have demonstrated benefits on farmland. You can read more about this grant here.
“With a long, rich history across the Lone Star State, it is critical that we give Texas farmers everything they need to continue to be a pillar of our booming state economy,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I applaud this announcement and will continue to do everything I can to help farmers in the Rio Grande Valley.”
A collaborative effort between the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas State University, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and Texas producers, this project focuses on the long-term regional implementation and evaluation of cover crops and improved/reduced tillage practices in degraded, subtropical soils on arid, water-limited farms. Researchers will recruit historically underserved farmers across the region to receive technical and financial assistance to improve soil health.