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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.

 

This Montana Conservation Planning Workbook is just an example of what these workbooks might look like. Each state has it’s own version specific to the resources and producer operations in that state.

The Natural Resources Conservation is available to help you with Conservation Planning. All you have to do is ask at your local NRCS office. They’ll probably ask you to complete a Conservation Planning Workbook similar to this example from Montana, that includes a series of check boxes and questions to help you think about your resource concerns and to give staff an idea of where you’re interested in assistance. After meeting with you, and bringing in ideas from outside extension staff and other experts, they’ll give you a variety of suggestions for things you can do to reach your goals. You choose what to do based on your operation’s needs. NRCS staff can then help you apply for EQIP assistance if it is available.

Click here to find your local NRCS office and get started!

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Vothhttps://onpasture.com
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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