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.CONSERVATION IN TEXAS.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

In Texas, privately owned farms, ranches and forestlands account for 144 million acres or about 84 percent of the state. The percentage of private land in Texas is greater than in any other state.

About 78 percent of our farms and ranches are smaller than 500 acres and these account for 14 percent of the state’s farm and ranch acreage.

Only 6 percent of all farms and ranches exceed 2,000 acres, but these account for about 63 percent of Texas’ farm and ranch acreage.

Privately owned rural lands in Texas make up 84 percent of our state.

From 1982 to 1997 more than 2.2 million acres of rural land in Texas was converted to urban uses, and the annual rate of conversion from 1992-97 was nearly 30 percent higher than in the previous 10 years (according to the United States Department of Agriculture).

Texas leads all other states in the loss of rural farming and ranching lands.

ABOUT

The intent of the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program is to assist private landowners in protecting land from development, and maintain their land under private ownership and in agricultural production. The program is managed by personnel concerned with the fragmentation and loss of agricultural land and is advised by a Council representing various aspects of the agricultural industry.

This program is in no manner a “government land grab” as it is designed to keep the family farm in the family by providing funding for the purchase of development rights. The landowner benefits from the proceeds of the sale, the designated land trust oversees the management of the conservation easement, and the citizens of Texas reap the reward of keeping open space open for generations.

The key ingredients of the program are the stipulations established in the contract between landowner and the easement holder. All provisions, requirements, and land use limitations are clearly delineated in that easement document.

The Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program serves as a conduit between interested landowners, approved easement holders, and the funding mechanism that makes it all come together.

Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Brochure (.pdf)
Farm and Ranch Brochure

.PROS & CONS.

PROS

  • Protect productive agricultural land for future generations.
  • Cash and tax advantages provide immediate financial benefits.
  • Family land remains in family owenership and agricultural production.
  • Natural resources are preserved and protected.

CONS

  • Easement terms restrict development rights for future generations.
  • Selling development rights may lower the value of the property and may extend the time to sell.

.CONSERVATION IN TEXAS.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

In Texas, privately owned farms, ranches and forestlands account for 144 million acres or about 84 percent of the state. The percentage of private land in Texas is greater than in any other state.

About 78 percent of our farms and ranches are smaller than 500 acres and these account for 14 percent of the state’s farm and ranch acreage.

Only 6 percent of all farms and ranches exceed 2,000 acres, but these account for about 63 percent of Texas’ farm and ranch acreage.

Privately owned rural lands in Texas make up 84 percent of our state.

From 1982 to 1997 more than 2.2 million acres of rural land in Texas was converted to urban uses, and the annual rate of conversion from 1992-97 was nearly 30 percent higher than in the previous 10 years (according to the United States Department of Agriculture).

Texas leads all other states in the loss of rural farming and ranching lands.