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Televising Conservation

Floyd Nauls, Jr., NRCS district conservationist in Madison County, Texas and his farm, N Bar and Z6, will be featured in April on Texas Farm Bureau’s “Voices of Agriculture.”

Floyd Nauls, Jr., NRCS district conservationist in Madison County, Texas and his farm, N Bar and Z6, will be featured in April on Texas Farm Bureau’s “Voices of Agriculture.”

For more than a century, Floyd Nauls, Jr.’s family has owned and worked land in Madison County, Texas. The fertile land has grown crops and cattle and has sustained multiple generations of the family during good times and bad.

In April, folks across America will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the Texas farm and hear from Nauls, who is also a district conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Madison County, when his farm is featured on Texas Farm Bureau’s weekly television program “Voices of Agriculture.” The episode will air on RFD-TV on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 and again on Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. (CST). NRCS and Texas Farm Bureau have a history of partnering together to bring the voice of agriculture to TV viewers.

Nauls will take viewers across portions of the farm, highlighting its abundant forages and commercial cattle herd. Viewers also will learn first-hand about the forage and land management practices he utilizes, such as pasture planning and cross fencing. These are also some of the conservation practices that he strives to impart to each customer that visits or contacts his NRCS office.

According to USDA, more than half of the nation’s farmers work a job off the farm to sustain their families, and small farmers make up 60 percent of all farmers. Nauls is a small farmer who utilizes NRCS conservation practices to produce beef and timber on his operation, which exists on some of the original land granted in 1903 to his ancestors, Imogene and Henry Barrett, former slaves.

Nauls’ N Bar and Z6 Ranch was recently recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage program. The program honors farms and ranches that have been in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more by the same family.

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