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Fish and Pond Management
Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society– http://www.sdafs.org/tcafs/manuals/index.htm
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC)– http://www.srac.tamu.edu
Texas A&M AgriLife Aqua Plant Website– http://aquaplant.tamu.edu

Texas Aquaculture Association—A membership association dedicated to providing industry-wide exchange of information about aquaculture and serving as a voice of the industry in dealing with federal and state regulatory agencies.

NOAA Aquaculture Program—As a federal agency under the Commerce Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is at the forefront of a national initiative to help the United States become more self-sufficient in seafood production.

GulfBase—GulfBase is a database of resources about the Gulf of Mexico to assist researchers, policy makers and the general public in ensuring best use practices of its waters.

Studies on Aquaculture—The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) provides abstracts and final analysis of a study done by top industry minds on the feasibility of aquaculture in Texas.

Cooperative Power—The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center highlights how one group of dedicated individuals launched a cooperative aquaculture operation in Markum, as well as offers tips and strategies to launching your own agricultural business.http://www.agmrc.org/business_development/strategy_and_analysis/analysis/texas_aquaculture_cooperative.cfm

Legal Matters—Check out the applicable state laws and regulations in place for aquaculture operations in the Lone Star State with OneCle’s online legal question and answer resource.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department—Learn how to better manage your tank or private pond with these commonly requested brochures from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Texas Department of Agriculture—Learn about applicable regulations guiding aquaculture operations in Texas along with necessary forms and contacts within the Texas Department of Agriculture regulatory division.

Agriculture Tourism

TravelTex.com—Take a tour of Texas and never leave your keyboard TravelTex.com’s online Texas tours and weekend destination planners.

Texas Ag Direct—Texas Ag Direct is an agricultural consulting service for the small farm, direct farm sales, niche crop operators and other agri-tourism operations in the Texas and southern Oklahoma region.

More on Marketing—The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center offers information on everything from starting your own agritourism business to marketing and managing your risk in such a venture.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service—Learn more about the importance of the agri-tourism industry in Texas and find resources to launch your our business from Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Texas Department of Agriculture—Check out Texas Department of Agriculture’s most requested publications linked to “Agricultural Diversification” and their popular “GO TEXAN!” marketing programs.


BeeCAR —Find an encyclopedia of knowledge on beekeeping along with lists of industry suppliers and commonly asked question about the trade.

Texas Beekeeping History—Ever wonder how beekeeping came to exist? Check out these interesting historical perspectives on how the centuries-old profession came to exist in the Lone Star State.

Texas Beekeepers Directory—Looking for a local honey source near you? Check out this statewide directory of beekeepers in the Lone Star State.http://texas.uscity.net/Beekeepers/

Texas Beekeepers Associations—Texas has tons of beekeepers, and several organizations to help promote the industry by region. http://www.texasento.net/TXBee.htm

Being a good neighbor

Being a good neighbor–Respect and friendliness are key ingredients to being a good neighbor, regardless of where you live, but rural residents tend to be a bit more.

Be a Good Neighbor–The vast majority of farmers and rural residents take pride in keeping their homesites presentable.

Getting Along with Landowners–Explains how you need to need to realize how important neighbors are to each other in rural Texas.


Texas Commodity Calendar–Includes a table showing planting and harvesting dates, or you can click on a region of the Texas map to get a list of commodities grown there.

Texas Department of Agriculture–Ag Week Fact Sheet: Texas Commodities By the Number. www.agr.state.tx.us/.../0,1460,1848_17053_14356_0,00.html


Texas Agriculture Colleges and Texas Agriculture Schools–Database of over 9,000 Technical Certification Programs. www.uscollegesearch.org/texas-agriculture-colleges.html

Texas Agriculture Code - Section 18.071. AgriculturalThe department may establish certification programs.law.onecle.com/texas/agriculture/18.071.00.html

Organic Certification - Texas Department of Agriculture–A 1987 study conducted by TDA reveals retailers are interested in the organic food market. www.agr.state.tx.us

Pesticide Commercial/Noncommercial Applicator License–TDA licenses pesticide applicators who use restricted-use pesticides. www.agr.state.tx.us

Requirements - Prescribed Burning–Certification and renewal fees are $50 for a five-year license. www.myredbuffalo.com/requirements.htm

Texas Hunter Education–Every year, over 30,000 youth and adults in Texas become certified in hunter education.www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/

Wildlife Management Plan–Describes land use history, habitat manipulation, and wildlife management. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/.../pwd_1046_w7000_wildlife_management_plan.doc

National Farm Safety and Health Week–Update on TCE Farm Safety. agsafety.tamu.edu/NASHW.pdf

Small Farm Courses–Educational programs of AgriLife Extension are open to all people. grovesite.com/tamu/ri

Texas AgriLife Extension offering online courses for small-acreage–Owners of small farms and ranches will soon have access to Web-based help for managing their land.


Texas Center for Rural EntrepreneurshipLinks to more information. www.tcre.org/

Rural Business Central: Extension Agricultural Economics–Selected presentations from Rural Entrepreneurship Resources. ruralbusiness.tamu.edu/

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - Texas State Resources–Mission is to promote, support. www.agmrc.org/directories__state.../texas_state_resources.cfm

Entrepreneurship Everywhere: National Entrepreneurship Training–Texas Agricultural Extension Service serves extension educators. www.entre-ed.org/_arc/states-t.htm

Exotic Animals

Property Tax Issues—Texas Property Tax law has specific requirements regarding land valuation issues and the keeping of exotic livestock.

Hunting Exotics in Texas—This article by the BBC News points out that raising exotics in Texas has become a big business catering to hunters around the globe, while addressing some key perception issues such operations can raise with the public.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4689428.stm

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary—Learn more about an organization founded in Boyd, Texas, that cares for misplaced exotics and educates the public on proper care and handling techniques of such animals.http://www.bigcat.org/

Farm and Ranch Management

Farm Shows–Check out this site for listings of many important farm shows in Texas. http://www.farmshows.com/toma/index.po

Farm and Ranch Personnel Management–A factsheet listing the qualities of farm and ranch personnel and indicating how they can help the business.http://trmep.tamu.edu/cg/factsheets/rm8-1.pdf

Colleges–Here you’ll find several colleges and career schools that offer programs in Farm and Ranch Management.

Texas A&M Bachelor Degree–A summary of the Farm and Ranch Management Bachelors Degree at Texas A&M is available.

Record Keeping–Farm Logic is a mobile record keeping software. www.farmlogic.com

Download Tax Forms—Get the paperwork you need to begin the property tax work today. http://www.hayscad.com/PA/forms/agqualify.doc

Survival Kit newsletter–View this newsletter created by Oregon State University to discuss crucial small ranching and farming topics. 

Planning and Recordkeeping–Farm Planning and Recordkeeping spreadsheets are available to the public on this site. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/chatham/ag/SustAg/farmrecords.html

CattleMax–Home of  the CattleMax farm record keeping software.www.cattlemax.com

Establishing a Record Keeping System–PDF from the University of Tennessee that explains how to establish and use a Farm Financial Record.

Quicken explanation–Want to know how to use Quicken?  This link explains how to use Quicken for farm and ranch management purposes.  

Archives–This site provides archives of farm recordkeeping software and news articles.  http://farmindustrynews.com/shop-office/farm-recordkeeping/0401-expert-predicts-accuracy/

Record Keeping PDF–A PDF describes how to keep farm records, covering everything from  recording receipts to balancing sheets. http://agbiopubs.sdstate.edu/articles/ExEx5054.pdf

Curriculum Guide–Factsheets about risk management from the extension economists at Texas A&M and Kansas State.http://trmep.tamu.edu/cg/list.htm

Personnel Management–A brief article written about the job description and types of farm management personnel. http://www.agmanager.info/hr/management/Personnel%20Management.pdf

Farm Equipment

List of agricultural machinery–Agricultural machinery is any kind of machinery used on a farm to help with farming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_agricultural_machinery

Texas SalebarnTexas Salebarn is Texas Farm Bureau's free online classified advertising for members. www.texassalebarn.com

Case IH–Manufacturer of a wide variety of agricultural equipment. Brands include Case, International Harvester, and Farmall. www.caseih.com/

Feed and Nutrition

Business Directory–Offers livestock owners a one-stop shopping guide for everything from feeders to feedstuffs.http://www.business.com/directory/agriculture/livestock/feed_and_nutrition/

Alliance Show Feeds–A feed website offering a variety of feed for different animals.http://www.admani.com/AllianceShowFeeds/Texas520Bred%20and%20Fed%20Program.htm

Feed Store Index–Offers a livestock feed directory organized by county. http://www.polocenter.com/health/feedustxl.htm


Nutrient Management and FertilizerMost fertilizers commonly used in agriculture contain the three basic plant nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. www.epa.gov/oecaagct/tfer.html

Organic Fertilizer, Hydroponics, Diatomaceous Earth, Food GradeOrganic Fertilizer, Hydroponics, Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, Agricultural Fertilizers, Gardening Products, hydrogen peroxide.www.agriorganics.com/

Organics - Texas Department of Agriculture–TDA conducted a study of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and synthetic herbicides. www.agr.state.tx.us

U.S. Fertilizer Use and Price–Share of crop area receiving fertilizer and fertilizer use per receiving acre. www.ers.usda.gov/data/fertilizeruse/

Fertilizer–Increased understanding and use of fertilizers were important parts of the pre-industrial British Agricultural Revolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertilizer

Forage Crops

The Crops of Texas—Texas A&M University offers this one-stop overview of the different crops grown all over Texas, including planting information, economic impact data and photos.

Hay and Forage Grower—Find an archive of articles from Hay and Forage Grower magazine on various types of forages grown in Texas.http://hayandforage.com/hay/other-forages/

Grazing and forage crops—Learn how rotational grazing can vastly improve production in Texas forage crops.http://southeastfarmpress.com/mag/farming_rotational_grazing_helps/

Integrated Pest Management—Make the most of pesticide applications and learn more about beneficial insect populations, soil makeup and forage management with this archive of resources from Texas’ top research minds.http://ipmnet.org/cicp/crops/forage.htm

Crop Profile for Alfalfa in Texas—Alfalfa is taking root as a cash crop in Texas. This report from Texas A&M highlights some major factors to consider before planting the crop.

Fruit and Nut Orchards

Pick Your Own—Locate pick-your-own farms all across Texas, along with tips for picking and canning your wares.http://www.pickyourown.org/TX.htm

Texas Fruit Growers Association—Learn more about the variety of crops raised in Texas, as well as contact information for growers around the state.http://www.texasfruitgrowers.org/

Texas Pecan Orchards—This Texas A&M report highlights the basics of production, marketing and orchard management for the fruit of the Texas State Tree. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/files/2010/10/viewpdf_3111_21293.pdf

Texas Pecan Growers—The Texas pecan Growers Association puts you in touch with other growers and industry resources.http://www.tpga.org/

All About Apples—This one-stop source puts you in touch with apple orchard growers all across Texas.http://www.allaboutapples.com/orchard/tx.htm

Producing Texas Fruits and Nuts Organically—This publication produced by the Texas A&M horticulture Department offers tips and information for successful organic production of fruits and nuts in Texas.http://sustainable.tamu.edu/publications/organicfruit.html

Texas Olive Oil Council — Learn all about olive production and related industry resources on an relatively new crop to the Lone Star State.

Biological Pest Control—Making the most of beneficial insects highlights this report from the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service.


Gardening in Texas—This online forum lets to peruse a number of gardening questions asked by your peers in the Lone Star State, while allowing you to presnt your own discussion items.

Neil Sperry’s Gardens—This online magazine features monthly articles all about gardening, landscape and lawn care concerns in Texas.http://www.neilsperry.com/

GardenStops.com—An encyclopedic resource for all things gardening, including a full-color photo database of plants grown all over the state.http://www.gardenstops.com/

Texas Gardener—A magazine for Texas gardeners, by Texas gardeners.http://www.texasgardener.com/

Texas Home Gardening Guide—A collection of helpful how-tos put together by horticulture experts with Texas A&M University.http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/homeguide/index.html

Gardening Naturally—Helping gardeners in Texas cultivate compost, native plants and natural environs for a welcome assortment of birds and insects.

Judy Barrett’s Home Grown—A bimonthly magazine for Texas organic gardeners.http://www.homegrowntexas.com/

Texas Master Gardener—Get in touch with one of Texas’ most active group of garden specialists and find a local program near you. http://mastergardener.tamu.edu/


Pesticide Regulated Herbicides Procedures for Applying–TDA may include a herbicide on the list of regulated herbicides depending on its use. www.agr.state.tx.us/.../0,1968,1848_5396_5837_0,00.html?

Quick Guide for Herbicides Used in Texas-Grown Vegetable Crops–See labels for product use instructions. lubbock.tamu.edu/.../QuickGuideforVegetableHerbicides.pdf

Herbicide Resistant Weeds–There are currently 7 different types of herbicide resistant weeds in Texas. www.weedscience.org/usa/state.asp?StateID=44


Horticultural Business Information Network– Risk Management Curriculum Guide. hbin.tamu.edu/HBIN-Greenhouse.htm

Central Texas Horticulture–Requirements for setting up a new horticultural business. centraltexashorticulture.blogspot.com/

Texas Ornamental Horticulture Colleges–Agricultural Programs at Tyler Junior College. www.ed-reference.us/10110/texas/...horticulture/colleges

Careers in Horticulture–Learn about the various careers in horticulture. www.landscapetexas.org/careers.html

Texas Seed Trade Association–Seeds are the foundation of human and animal life on earth. www.texasseedtrade.com/

Texas Foundation Seed Service–TFSS is very active in state, regional, and national organizations. tfss.tamu.edu/

Seed Identification –Basic steps in identifying seeds. www.seedimages.com/seed-identification/seed-identification.html


TPWD: Wildlife Management Areas–List of Wildlife Management Areas of Texas. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/

Texas Predator Control Services–4510 South 3rd Street Road, Waco, TX (254) 744-9252. www.texaspredatorcontrol.com

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department–Hunting, wildlife, tourism, conservation within Texas. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/

Texas Fishing and Hunting Regulations Summary–Texas Parks and Wildlife publication. https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/outdoor-annual/

Development and Management of Fishing Leases–More options for managing fish populations. pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/.../SRAC-481web.pdf

Fishing leases development and management–Information from the Texas A & M Agricultural Research Center. digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1019&context

Kids' Stuff

Kids and Teens : National Ag Library– Horticulture Just for Kids.riley.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?tax

Texas 4-H and Youth Development–Learn about the Texas 4-H Program. texas4-h.tamu.edu/

Texas 4-H Practitioners: Clover Kids–There seems to be confusion regarding Clover Kids and their involvement in the Texas 4-H Program. texas4-hpractitioners.blogspot.com/.../clover-kids-involvement-in-4-h-program.html

Texas FFA Association–An overview of the Texas FFA program. www.texasffa.org/

Texas AgriLife Extension Service–Texas AgriLife Extension Service offers practical, how-to education. texasextension.tamu.edu/

Texas Farm Bureau Scholarships–Learn more about the vast number of scholarships awarded by Texas Farm Bureau. www.txfb.org

Be Ag Smart–TFB website aiming to educate the public about agriculture and its effects on daily life. http://www.beagsmart.org

Livestock Pest and Disease Control

Texas Agriculture Code–General pest and disease control rules and regulations, along with codes and paperwork. http://law.onecle.com/texas/agriculture/chapter161.html

Pest Managing–Suggestions on how to deal with many different kinds of pests can be found on this website.http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/bulletins/b-1306.html

Livestock Pests–Describes the many different kinds of livestock pests along with photos. http://suwanneeriveryouthfair.org/pdf_beef/b15.pdf

Texas Animal Health Commission–Reportable diseases, news, links, careers. www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal.../animal_health_issues.html

Texas Department of State Health Services, Infectious Disease–Human cases of reportable zoonotic diseases in Texas. www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/disease/

Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory–Assistance in diagnosing animal diseases. www.tamus.edu


Niche Marketing–Targets a product or service to a small portion of a market not readily served by the mainstream product or marketers. trmep.tamu.edu/cg/factsheets/rm1-2.html

Niche Marketing–Niche market examples. agecoext.tamu.edu/fileadmin/user_upload/Documents/.../rm1-2.html

About Texas farm u-pick ag tourism consulting–Texas Ag Direct is an agricultural consulting service for the small farm. www.txagdirect.com/

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - Texas Aquaculture Cooperative–Texas Aquaculture must determine the course of its future–whether to take a slow-growth approach and stay in a niche market. www.agmrc.org

Adding Value to Agricultural Products–Adapting to market changes and being open to exploring new ideas. trmep.tamu.edu/cg/factsheets/rm1-8.pdf

SSAWG | Conference Program–Provides learning opportunities for farmers and ag professionals, and tools and support for farmer entrepreneurs.www.ssawg.org/conference-program.html

Organic Farming and Ranching

Occupational Outlook Handbook–A handbook for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers.http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos176.htm

Texas Organic Farmers & Gardners Association–The website home of Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.http://www.tofga.org/

Kerr Center–A wide variety of information on the agricultural industry, including powerpoints, articles, and books.http://www.kerrcenter.com/resources/

Organic Production Resources–Defines organic farming and provides links to valuable organic production resources.http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/ofp/ofp.shtml

What is Organic Farming?–Larsons Green Farms LLC provides the definition of organic farming, showing differences between traditional farming and organic farming. http://www.larsonsgreenfarms.com/whatis.cfm


Pesticide Program FAQs–Get your frequently asked questions about pesticides answered by the Texas Department of Agriculture. www.agr.state.tx.us

Pesticide Regulation–The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee talks about regulation of pesticides. www.tgpc.state.tx.us/PesticideRegulation.htm

Texas Pesticide Information Network–Promotes better public understanding of how pesticides are used in Texas. www.texascenter.org/txpin/right.htm

Natural Pesticides - Product List–Texas A&M offers their “Green List” of pesticides. www.pestweb.com/businesstools/NaturalPesticides.pdf

Pesticide Use in the U.S.–Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides used in Texas. www.texascenter.org/publications/pest.pdf

Pest control–Find out about the regulation or management of a species through pest control. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pest_control

Restricted Use PesticidesProvides a listing of common names of pesticides determined to be classified as restricted use by the EPA. edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi073

Plant Diseases

Identify a Weed, Disease or Insect Pest–Provides photos and drawings for identifying foliar diseases of cucurbits.riley.nal.usda.gov/nal.../index.php?

Plant Disease–Information on various plant diseases in Texas. www.treelink.org/linx/?navSubCatRef=10

Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory–Comprehensive information about Texas Plant Disease.plantclinic.tamu.edu/page.asp?o=tamu&s...p...

Texas Plant Disease Handbook–Cultural practices for disease control and diagnosis of plant disease.


Pest List - Pest Tracker–National Agricultural Pest Information System contains information on certain pests. pest.ceris.purdue.edu/pestlist.php

Agricultural pests–A list of agricultural pests by category. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Agricultural_pests

Organic Integrated Pest Management–Adapted from a series of workshops sponsored by Organic Farming Research Foundation. attra.ncat.org/new_pubs/attra-pub/PDF/credits.pdf?id=DC

'Weed From Hell' Article talks about the infestation of the tropical soda apple. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/07/040708004649.htm

Biointensive Integrated Pest Management–Provides pest management options and control methods. attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/ipm.html


Texas Farm Bureau State Policy Book–Policies adopted at the 2014 TFB Annual Meeting. http://www.texasfarmbureau.org/PolicyBook/2015TFBPolicyBook.pdf

American Farm Bureau Federation–News from the American Farm Bureau Federation. www.fb.org/

Ag Policy–Governing policy of agriculture in the United States. en.wikipedia.org/.../Agricultural_policy_of_the_United_States

Research - The National Agricultural Law Center–Environmental Law: Federal Laws That Affect Agriculture. www.nationalaglawcenter.org/research/

Sportsmen: Beware the Clean Water Restoration Act–Introduction and summary. www.nationalcenter.org/NPA567.html

Predators, Pests & Toxic Plants

Predator control in Texas–Talks about the common predators in Texas. digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1041

Alternative methods of predator control–Protecting sheep from predators.texnat.tamu.edu/symposia/coyote/p33.htm

Predator-Prey Relationship - Young Naturalist–Many animals are both predators and prey.www.tpwd.state.tx.us/.../young.../animals/predator_prey_relationship/

List of apex predatorsThis is a partial list of apex predators—those predators that are not preyed.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apex_predators

Private & Government Programs

USDA Farm Service Agency–Reminds producers to file annual report of acreage to meet farm program requirements. www.fsa.usda.gov/

NRCS Conservation Program–Information about the specific conservation programs, including financial, technical, and education assistance programs.www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/

Agriculture and Bio-Resources–Agriculture programs in the U.S. aim to bring the information together. www.agricultureprogramsintheusa.com/

USAID–Increased agricultural productivity is an important goal. www.usaid.gov

Handbook of Texas Online–Gives a history of agriculture. www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/ama1.html

Capital Farm Credit Capital–Premier rural real estate lender in Texas. www.capitalfarmcredit.com/

Texas Land Bank–Expert rural and country real estate lender in Central Texas. www.texaslandbank.com/

Property Rights

Think Texas: Eminent Domain–Some 97 percent of property in Texas is privately owned, which means all Texans have a stake in protecting our private property rights. www.agr.state.tx.us

Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University–Real estate research, data and news are mainstays of this web site. Answers to everyday real estate questions abound on this research-based site. recenter.tamu.edu/

Texas Landowners Council–Standing together for the protection of property rights. www.texaslandownerscouncil.com/

Conservation Easements: A Guide for Texas LandownersFor many Texas landowners, their property is more than a financial asset. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/.../pwd_bk_w7000_0022.pdf -

Texas Property Rights–Texas property rights, eminent domain in Texas.www.txfb.org/bannermanager/abmc.aspx?b=67&z=21


Farm Safety 4 Just Kids–Includes safety tips, coloring pages, print-and-color brochures, and interactive quiz www.fs4jk.org/

Farm Safety–Talks about how you can improve farm safety. www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/FarmFactS2.pdf

Farm Safety–Includes farm safety tips. www.ipmnet.org/.../Farm_Safety/Farm_Safety-Main_Page.html

The National Education Center For Agricultural Safety–This center is dedicated to preventing illnesses, injuries, and deaths among farmers and ranchers. www.necasag.org/

Agriculture and Food Safety–General Information: Biosecurity; Irradiation; Foodborne Disease.www.academicinfo.net/agriculturemeta.html

National Ag Safety Database–Fire Safety on the Farm–Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year so learn precautions to take. nasdonline.org/document/1028/.../fire-safety-on-the-farm.html

Farm Fire Prevention and Safety–The Disaster Handbook. disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/PDFS/CHAP13/D13-15.PDF

Fire Safety In Horse Barns–Provides basic facts on fire safety in barns. www.firesafetyinbarns.com/

Prescribed Burn Plan–Take immediate positive action to ensure control of the fire. www.agr.state.tx.us/vgn/tda/files/.../6880_pbb_604_burn_plan.pdf

Soil & Water Conservation

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board–Technical assistance to the state''s soil and water conservation districts. www.tsswcb.state.tx.us/

Texas Soil And Water Conservation Districts–History and function of Texas soil and water conservation districts.www.tsswcb.state.tx.us/swcds

Handbook of Texas Online - SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATIONInformation concerning soil and water conservation efforts in Texas. www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/gms1.html

Texas Water Development Board–Quantifying the effectiveness of water conservation techniques in Texas.www.twdb.state.tx.us/assistance/conservation/consindex.asp

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Boards's Role in TGPC–TSSWCB is charged with administering and coordinating the state's soil and water conservation program. www.tgpc.state.tx.us/members%5CTSSWCB.htm

Texas Council of Chapters of the SWCS–A nonprofit scientific and educational organization. www.tx-swcs.org/

Specialty Crops

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program—The Texas Department of Agriculture has grant funding available for certain qualifying specialty crop growers. http://www.tda.state.tx.us/agr/main_render/0,1968,1848_30098_0_0,00.html?channel=30098

Specialty Crop Task Force—Learn more information about various specialty crop research projects from the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.http://www.nasda.org/SpecialtyCrop/program_list.htm

Specialty Crops in Texas—While statistical data are readily available on large crops such as cotton and wheat, production and market data can be limited for the small acreage specialty crops. This Texas A&M publication provides information on nearly 200 food and non-food crops in Texas.http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/Texascrops/Introduction/index.html

Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act—This article highlights may of the points in national farm policy regarding the growing, marketing and regulation of specialty crops.http://southwestfarmpress.com/mag/farming_specialty_crops_given/

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance—The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance is working to promote farm policy that helps specialty crop producers.http://www.competitiveagriculture.org/home.html

Texas Agriculture—A brief synopsis of some of Texas’ lesser known crop production highlights from specialty growers in the Lone Star State.http://www.economywatch.com/agriculture/american/texas.html

Society of American Florist —Learn more about production and marketing in the cut flower industry.http://www.safnow.org/content/view/7301/72/

Organic Food News Today—See the latest headlines on organic food and specialty crop production in Texas. http://organicfood.einnews.com/texas/

Tax Issues

Tax Exemptions for Agriculture (94-101)–Explains tax exemptions for farm or ranch land, including defining what it takes to be classified this way. www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx94_101.html

Glenn Hager - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts–Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts home page, Window on State Government. www.window.state.tx.us/

Your Estate Under Texas Law (TX 96-127)–Current law, definitions and filing requirements. www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_127.html

Estate Tax Update 2010 — Texas Will and Trusts Law Online–Article asking about the hope for estate tax legislation. www.texaswillsandtrustslaw.com/.../is-there-hope-for-new-estate-tax-legislation-in-2010/

Estate and Gift Tax FAQ - Free Legal Information–Estate and gift tax FAQ. www.nolo.com

Ag-Use Exemption: Fact or Fiction?–Article by Judon Fambrough. recenter.tamu.edu/pdf/1361.pdf

Toxic Plants

TEXNAT - Plant Identification Toxic Plant Data Base–Database contains pictures, descriptions, information on distribution and habitat, information on the toxic agent, symptoms of poisonings, and information on Integrated Toxic Plant Management for each toxic plant. texnat.tamu.edu/plant.htm

Rangeland Plants of Texas Database - Texas AgriLife Extension Service–CD describes and illustrates the 106 most common potentially toxic plants in Texas. essmextension.tamu.edu/plants/

Water Issues

Texas Water Matters–The importance of managing and protecting our water resources. www.texaswatermatters.org/

Liquid Assets: The State of Texas' Water Resources–Window on State Government - Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/water/

Texas Water Development Board–State agency charged with statewide water planning and administration of low-cost financial programs. www.twdb.state.tx.us/

Texas Water Districts: A General Guide– Useful information for anyone who resides or owns property in a municipal utility district (MUD), water control and improvement district. www.tceq.state.tx.us/comm_exec/forms_pubs/.../gi-043.html

Utilities and Districts - Texas Commission on Environmental–Maintain the Water Utility Database, a collection of data from Texas water districts. www.tceq.state.tx.us/permitting/water_supply/ud/ud.html

Texas Water Resources Institute–Provides leadership to stimulate priority water resources research and educational programs. twri.tamu.edu/

LCRA: Energy • Water • Community Services–Develops and distributes water supplies, provides water and wastewater treatment, monitors quality, and pursues conservation through public education. www.lcra.org/

Wildlife Management

HCAD: Texas Wildlife Management and Appraisal–This article reviews requirements for qualifying land for wildlife management and for initially appraising the land. www.hcad.org/Help/Process/Wildlife.asp

Wildlife Management Texas–Wildlife management and land management company based out of Austin. www.wildlifemanagementtexas.com/

Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations–Forum for exchanging ideas and information. www.towma.org/

Texas Wildlife Association–Formed by a group of ranchers and wildlife managers dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife. www.texas-wildlife.org/

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department–Includes news, hunting, fishing, parks, reservations, outdoors programs, and department reports.www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A & M– Official Web site of Wildlife and fisheries sciences department. wfscnet.tamu.edu/

Texas Cooperative Fish and WildlifeEstablished at Texas Tech University by the U.S. Congress in 1988. www.tcfwru.ttu.edu/

Refuge List by State–Lists all refuge sites in Texas. www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/ByState.cfm?state=TX

Women’s Interest

Texas AgriWomen, Inc.–National coalition of women's groups interested in all forms of agriculture. www.texasagriwomen.org/

YouTube - Women in Agriculture - America's HeartlandShows how women play as many different roles in agriculture as their male counterparts. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i6CtZ5rP9Q

Texas CattleWomen–Help promote cattle in the Lone Star State. www.txcattlewomen.org/

Subject Matter Experts

Sul Ross State University
Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Louis Harveson, Associate Professor and Borderland Research Institute Director
Office: RAS 115, Alpine
Phone: (432) 837-8098
Fax: (432) 837-8822
E-Mail: harveson@sulross.edu
Web: http://faculty.sulross.edu/harveson

Robert Kinucan, Dean and Professor of Natural Resource Management
Office: RAS 101A, Alpine
Phone: (432) 837-8201
Fax: (432) 837-8409
E-Mail: kinucan@sulross.edu

Jimmy LaBaume, Professor of Agricultural Business
Office: RAS 113, Alpine
Phone: (432) 837-8286
Fax: (432) 837-8822
E-Mail: jlabaume@sulross.edu
Web: http://faculty.sulross.edu/jlabaume

Texas A&M University- Kingsville
Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agricultural, Natural Resources, And Human Sciences
Duane Gardiner, Professor of Soil Science / Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim)

Phone: (361)593-3691
Fax: (361)593-3788
E-mail: duane.gardiner@tamuk.edu

Roger Hanagriff, Professor of Agronomy & Resources Sciences
Phone: (361) 593-3715
Fax: (361) 593-3788
Email: roger.hanagriff@tamuk.edu

Shad Nelson, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Department Chair
Phone: (361) 593-3953
Fax: (361) 593-3788
Email: shad.nelson@tamuk.edu

Sam Houston State University
Agriculture and Industrial Science

Stanley Kelley, Animal Science Chair and Professor
Phone: 936-294-1189
Fax: 936-294-1232
Email: sfkelley@shsu.edu

Tim Pannkuk, Assistant Professor of Horticulture/Agronomy
Phone: 936-294-3333
Fax: 936-294-4163
Email: agr_trp@shsu.edu

Kyle Stutts, Assistant Professor of Animal Science
Fax: 936-294-1232
Email: stutts@shsu.edu 

Texas State University
College of Agriculture

Dr. C. Reed Richardson, Chair of Agriculture Department
Phone: (512) 245-2130
Fax: (512) 245-3320
Email: cr36@txstate.edu

Aditi K. Angirasa, Professor Agricultural Economics and Policy
Phone: (512)245-3326
Email: aa05@txstate.edu

Gregory Pollard, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Range
Phone: (512)245-3330
Email: gp11@txstate.edu

Texas A&M University- Commerce
Agricultural Sciences Department

David Crenshaw, Dean of Agriculture Department
Phone: (903)886-5351
Email: david_crenshaw@tamu-commerce.edu

Flavio Ribeiro, Assistant Professor
Phone: (903)886-5356
Fax: (903)886-5990
Email: flavio_ribeiro@tamu-commerce.edu

Jim Heitholt, Department Head – Agricultural Science
Phone: (903)886-5357
Email: jim_heitholt@tamu-commerce.edu

Stephen F. Austin State University
Department of Agriculture

Jeffery Adkins, Assistant Professor
Phone: (936)468-3705
Email: adkinsja@sfasu.edu

Joey Bray, Assistant Director of Poultry Research
Phone: (936)468-3705
Email: jbray@sfasu.edu

Erin Brown, Assistant Professor
Phone: (936)468-3705
Email: browneg@sfasu.edu

General Resources



American Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture; Facts from America's largest organization of farm & ranch families
Texas Department of Agriculture
• USDA has a new website for producers: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov. It contains on-line services for Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development.
• A&M website provides software to analyze base/yield update. http://agecoext.tamu.edu/2002fb/ Click on the "Base and Yield Updating Software" link.
• Texas Water Development Board http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/
• Texas Animal Health Commission: www.tahc.state.tx.us
Texas Beef Council Great beef recipes & other beef facts
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture spreading agricultural literacy
• U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
MineralWeb.com: Oil and Gas Mineral Services–educational articles specifically written for mineral and royalty owners.
Texas Emu Association and the American Ostrich Association keep you updated on the latest news and events of these organizations.
Texas Quarterhorse Association This organization has more than 2,400 members.
Texas CattleWomen The mission of the Texas CattleWomen is to support and promote the beef industry.
Center for Infectious Disease Research And Policy (CIDRAP) Provides biosecurity information and is updated daily. Regularly report on biosecurity and agroterrorism.
• Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs, www.cnfa.com/volunt.htm
Dairy Max Your quick connection to the rest of the dairy world.
National Cattleman's Beef Association Information about America's beef industry.
Cotton's Journey: The only educational site featuring cotton as a vehicle to teaching Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. Resources, activities/lessons and products are meant to assist educators in giving their students the whole unit experience through an inquiry-based approach, while meeting many National Education Standards. Additional cotton information is provided to familiarize the teacher and students about the many benefits that the cotton industry provides to the communities that they live in.
Texas Agricultural Statistics Service Texas Agriculture Facts & Figures
National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA) A vast library of agiculture information
Agrinet (Texas A&M University) A clearing house of agricultural information
Thomas Legislative information from Congress
State of Texas Texas Home Page
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas Monthly's WWW Ranch Read the latest issues of Texas Monthly, plus learn fun facts about the Lone Star state
Welcome to Weather Post The National Weather Service from the Washington Post
Texas Legislature Online Everything you wanted to know about the Texas Legislature and more!
Texas Register Read current and previous issues of the Texas Register
Texas State Government Pathfinder Information about Texas state government
Window on the State Government–Comptroller
CNN/Time AllPolitics Daily political issue update from CNN
USDA Home Page United States Department of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
USDA Economics and Statistics System
FFA Home Page National FFA Organization, Agricultural Education
Project TEACH Agricultural literacy and nutrition education materials for teachers in grades kindergarten through third.
ForFarmers.com is a marketplace for buying and selling new and used farm machinery, equipment, seeds, crops, livestock and a wide range of services including job opportunities.