Texas Nonprofit Profile: Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Authors: Lindsey Harbison
Nonprofit organizations have the unique ability to move between public and private sectors to build trust in innovative and meaningful ways. Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) embodies this unique element in its conservation work across the state of Texas. With 142 million acres of privately-owned working land, agriculture makes up the second largest industry in Texas. However, rising property taxes and increased demand for development have created what TALT refers to as a land-loss crisis. Each year, Texas loses approximately 200,000 acres of agricultural land. This loss not only impacts the customs and livelihood of the families that own and work these lands, it also impacts agricultural production, natural habitats, native wildlife, water access, and water quality. TALT is fighting back against the land-loss crisis through education, advocacy, and conservation easement.