Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 56
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Initially, the group to be targeted was native range livestock producers from Cooke,
Montague, Clay, Wise, Jack, and Parker counties in TX, who received benefits under the 2005-
2007 Livestock Disaster Program. This represented the most comprehensive, known listing of
cow/calf producers in the given area.
The request for the list was sent to Juan Garcia, acting Texas State Executive Director for
the USDA Farm Service Agency. The request was processed under the Freedom of Information
Act on Feb 9, 2009. At that time the request was determined to fall within the jurisdiction of the
Kansas City Admnistrative Services Branch of FSA and was reffered to them. The list was
received in spring of 2009. Because USDA limits compensation under government programs to
individuals with gross earnings under $250,000, the survey population may have omitted
managers with more available resources or those who were qualified but chose not to participate
in the government's disaster program. Therefore, it was decided to utilize information from the
tax appraisal district for each of the 6 counties identified earlier.
The final decision was made that the population to be evaluated would be defined as all
landowners in the Cooke, Jack, Montague, Wise, Parker, and Clay county areas with 500 acres of
native grass land with agricultural use property tax evaluations. The designation of 500 acres
was set because the objective of the research is to reconcile experimental studies and "ranch-
scale" evidence. This criterion requires limiting survey population to include only those with
"ranch-scale" experience rather than "hobby ranchers."
The list of the individuals, in the target population, was obtained by request from the
county appraisal districts of each respective county. Original lists included much duplication of
families or ranches due to ownership of multiple parcels of land with slight variations in listed
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/67/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .