Established in 2005 by the 79th Legislature, the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Program helps keep land under private ownership and in agricultural production by preventing development and fragmentation. The governing body of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Program is the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council.
The Council helps the Texas Land Commissioner administer the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Program and select grant recipients. Program grants are awarded based on the criteria set by the Council. Council members also seek funding for and help educate the public about the program.
The Council is composed of 10 members. The heads of the three state agencies related to agricultural issues and a representative from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) serve as ex officio members. Six members of the Council are appointed by the Governor. Ex officio members serve during their terms in office while appointed members serve staggered six year terms. Terms for two appointed member expire February 1st of every odd numbered year.
Council meetings are held at least once a year, or as necessary, and are open to the public. As of 2006, Council meetings are webcast live as well as archived for later viewing.
Council meeting agendas are posted in the Texas Register and can be accessed via the Texas Secretary of State website. Agenda must be posted seven working days prior to a Council meeting.
|George P. Bush, Chair||Todd Staples||Carter Smith|
|Land Commissioner, Texas General Land Office
|Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture,
|Executive Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department,
|Salvador Salinas||Thomas R. Kelsey||George David Scott|
|State Conservationist, USDA, NRCS
|Of Counsel, Berie Lamberth LLP, Appointed by Governor, February 2019||Representing a Statewide Agricultural Organization,Appointed by Governor, February 2017|
|Pam McAfee||Dan Dierschke||James Cathey, Ph.D.|
|Rancher,Appointed by Governor, February 2017||Farmer, Rancher, member of numerous agricultural organizations,Appointed by Governor, February 2015||Assistant Professor &, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Appointed by Governor, February 2015|
|President, South Texas Area, Prosperity Bank, Appointed by Governor, February 2019|