Agricultural Resources

Agency Resources

Photo credit: USDA NRCS, 2010

External Resources in Texas


The Irrigation Technology Center(ITC) promotes efficient irrigation and water conservation while maintaining profitable agricultural production and quality urban landscapes. Housed at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, the program offers training courses & workshops.


Texas A&M AgriLife includes teaching, research, extension education, laboratory, and forestry facilities throughout Texas. Through collaborations between the TAMU system and public and private entities, AgriLife is focused on protecting our environment, feeding our world, growing our economy, improving our health, and enriching our youth.

Water My Yard shows how a healthy landscape actually requires less water than you may think! The site provides irrigation recommendations for warm season turf grasses such as St. Augustine, Bermuda, Zoysia, and Buffalo. At this time data are only available for these cities: Allen, Bryan, College Station, Farmersville, Forney, Frisco, Garland, Irving, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Princeton, Richardson, Rockwall, Royse City, and Wylie.

The Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association (TAIA) brings members from the irrigation industry, research, education, and production agriculture together to work toward water conservation and improved profitability in irrigated agriculture. TAIA also awards an in-state scholarship for a full-time college student pursuing an agriculture major.


The Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD) was formed to further the purpose of groundwater conservation and protection activities. TAGD provides groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) the opportunity to exchange ideas and develop programs for the management, conservation, protection, and development of groundwater in Texas. Find your GCD.


The Texas Department of Agriculture has been promoting production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development, and healthy living since 1907. Did you know that one of every seven working Texans is in an agriculture related job? Find out more and learn how Agriculture is your Culture.


The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) is the state agency that administers Texas' soil and water conservation law and coordinates conservation and nonpoint source pollution abatement programs throughout the State. Headquartered in Temple, Texas, the TSSWCB offers technical assistance to the state's 216 soil and water conservation districts. Which district serves you?


The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) works to foster and communicate research and educational outreach programs focused on water and natural resources science and management issues in Texas and beyond. Read about how low pressure center pivot systems improve both energy and water use efficiency in "Status and Trends of Irrigated Agriculture in Texas".

Nationwide External Resources


The Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC) is a collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. The Consortium has five founding university partners and eight founding industry partners. Initial participants are working to create a platform for other universities, federal agencies and the private sector to work together on the critical water challenges facing agriculture, municipalities and industry.


The Irrigation Association (IA) is the leading membership organization for irrigation equipment and system manufacturers, distributors, designers, consultants, and end users. The IA is committed to promoting efficient irrigation technologies, products, and services to ensure long-term sustainability of water resources for future generations.


The United States Department of Agriculture- Farm Service Agency's (USDA-FSA) mission is to equitably serve all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. The ultimate benefit will be improved economic viability for family farmers and ranchers. Visit FSA’s online knowledge base to find answers to commonly asked questions.


The United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals for productive lands and healthy ecosystems. Find your local Texas field office.


The USDA-NRCS also has a website dedicated specifically to understanding soils. There you can learn about describing and sampling soils, as well as explore your soils in detail with the Web Soil Survey - an interactive online update to the old Soil Conservation Service county soil surveys.

Be Ag Smart!

The United States Department of Agriculture- Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (USDA-SARE) program strives to advance innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. The southern region includes Texas, and producers can find new ideas and proven technologies on this site.