Agricultural best management practices are conservation measures that help reduce the volume and pollutant load carried by surface stormwater runoff into rivers and lakes. This course will be an excellent overview for anyone interested in learning more about agricultural conservation practices for both cropping and livestock systems. Instructors include experts with watershed planning and agricultural conservation practices at the federal, state, and local levels in Texas. This course will cover agricultural nonpoint source programs that provide technical and financial resources for conservation planning and implementing BMPs for water quality. It will also cover implementing the conservation plans with the most needed agricultural management practices.
This training will also include a tour of the USDA ARS Grassland Research Center in Riesel by the Director Douglas Smith to see and learn about on the ground agricultural best management practices.
Cropping System practices
- conservation vs. conventional tillage
- grassed water ways
- terraces/contour planting
- precision agriculture
- soil health related practices
- cover crops
Livestock related practices
- rotational grazing
- alternative water
- alternative shade
- managed intensive grazing
- supplemental feeding location placement
- Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute
- Todd Oneth, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
- Kyle Wright, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
- Cresenio (Cris) Perez, Comal-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District
- Douglas Smith, USDA ARS Grassland Soil and Water Lab
Cost is $50 and includes all training materials, catered fajita lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Registration is required by October 8, 2018. Register online at Texas A&M Marketplace, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A catered lunch of fajitas, sides, salad, rolls, and tea will be provided for participants. Dress is casual and comfortable; please dress for the warm weather as we will be out walking in the field in the afternoon for the USDA Grassland Research Center tour. More information can be found online at watershedplanning.tamu.edu.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and is funded through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.