Rickie Roddy – Texas Small Farmer of the Year, 2017

Rickie Roddy knew he was going to be a rancher early on. To get started, he saved up his money, and bought his first cow at the age of 13. "My dreams are coming true," he says. "A 13-year old, you have big dreams. But a 13-year-old getting a cow, that was a big step in life. I didn't have a pick up, didn't have a trailer, didn't have a drivers license. But now to look back, and see where I came from, you know, it's a big joy!" As with all big dreams, Roddy had some help making them happen. A visit to the Natural Resources Conservation Service was one of his first steps as he needed assistance controlling mesquite on his land. That visit marked the start of a 24-year learning opportunity for Roddy, who has continued working with the NRCS on conservation and planning to benefit him and his ranch. Roddy says that technical assistance from the NRCS, combined with EQIP funding helped him improve soil health and prevent erosion, add fencing for better grazing management, and allowed him to implement practices that will benefit the land and his community into the future.   https://youtu.be/fuIdutQuiyk The Natural Resources Conservation is available to help you with Conservation Planning. All

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