Project Goals/Objectives: The primary focus of the agricultural education and financial incentives goals of this project is to continue efforts from TSSWCB 15-07 and enhance the education program delivery to provide more specific, technical, and financial information that will address both nutrient- and bacteria-induced impairments. This project compliments ongoing partnership efforts implementing the Update to the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan and addresses the need of educating the agricultural community, a gap existing within other current projects. TWRI will act as the primary conduit between local agricultural producers, TSSWCB, and NRCS.
In this project, the Extension Assistant will maintain and update a contact list for direct mailings, electronic communication, personal contacts, news releases, and other communication to producers that will be geared toward highlighting the availability of, and involvement in, incentive programs, and other upcoming educational opportunities for key stakeholders. Project personnel will attend SWCD meetings twice annually to provide them with information about the program. Additional emphasis will be placed on small acreage producers and beginning farmers, to include a targeted workshop series covering topics such as range/pasture management, prescribed grazing, and water conservation BMPs. Under this project, the Extension Assistant will work with County Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Agents, TSSWCB, SWCDs, and NRCS to develop and distribute additional information about technical and financial assistance for both nutrient and bacteria BMPs. The information will be tailored to the Arroyo Colorado watershed.
Project Location: Arroyo Colorado Watershed; Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties
Project Partners: TSSWCB, TWRI, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Ag Economics, TSSWCB HRO, SWCD #319, and #350.
Project Cost: Federal ($290,184), Non-Federal ($193,456), Total ($483,640)
Project Workplan: 19-05
Final Report: 19-05