Stephen F. Austin Bldg
1700 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Open to the public
Webcast live since 2006
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.
|Jerry Patterson, Chair||Todd Staples||Carter Smith|
|Land Commissioner, Texas General Land Office||Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture||Executive Director, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department|
|Ex officio||Ex officio||Ex officio|
|Salvador Salinas||Thomas R. Kelsey||Neal Wilkins, Ph.D.|
|State Conservationist, USDA||Of Counsel, Berie Lamberth LLPR||Director, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources|
|Ex officio||Appointed by Governor, February 2013||Appointed by Governor, February 2015|
|Pam McAfee||Dan Dierschke||Mark W. Jones|
|Rancher||Farmer, Rancher, member of numerous agricultural organizations||President, First State Bank of Menard|
|Appointed by Governor, February 2017||Appointed by Governor, February 2015||Appointed by Governor, February 2013|
|George David Scott|
|Representing a Statewide Agricultural Organization|
|Appointed by Governor, February 2017|