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A number of SARE resources and grant-funded project products have been developed that support the results of long-term research efforts of developing sustainable agroecosystems in the Texas High Plains. Such resources include bulletins, field trial and field day progress reports, grant-produced products, peer-reviewed journal articles, publications, research posters, and videos. The resources are useful tools that showcase the implementation of integrated crop/livestock production systems that help conserve water, sustain crop and livestock profitability, and promote environmental health.


Sustainable High Plains Research Bulletins


A series of bulletins showcasing the various facets of Texas Tech University research on integrated crop and livestock production systems in the Texas High Plains. The bulletins cover sustainable agroecosystems, crops and soils, and water conservation.

Field Trials and Field Days

Progress Reports and Project Summaries


A collection of progress reports and project summaries from Texas Tech University New Deal Research Farm field days and field trials showcasing integrated crop and livestock production systems in the Texas High Plains.

Grant-produced Products

Sustainable Agriculture in the Southern High Plains Educational Curriculum


A curriculum of 14 instructional modules for high school youth covering sustainable agriculture practices in the Texas High Plains.

Journal Articles

Journal Article Collection


An up-to-date list of peer-reviewed journal articles resulting from research and outreach efforts of the Texas Tech University Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research (TeCSIS) and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC).


Tiny Indicators of Change


An article from the Crops, Soils Agronomy (CSA) news magazine discussing soil quality research on the Texas High Plains.

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Conserving Water while Maintaining Economic Viability by Grazing Introduced Perennial Grasses


An issue of Rangeland Issues, the official publication of the National Ranching Heritage Center of Texas Tech University, highlighting water conservation efforts and integrated crop-livestock production systems on the Texas High Plains.

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Research Posters

Integrating Beef and Cotton Production Reduces Irrigation Needs in the Texas Southern High Plains


A research poster from Texas Tech University highlighting research that shows integrated beef and cotton production reduces irrigation needs in the Texas High Plains.

Using Forages to Conserve Water in Semi-arid Irrigated Cropping Systems


A research poster from the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation on using forages to conserve water in semi-irrigated cropping systems.


The Ogallala Aquifer of the Texas High Plains: A Race Against Time


As the drought in the Texas High Plains continues to intensify, a unique partnership of producers and researchers is working diligently to find economically viable alternatives to the region’s irrigation-dependent crop monocultures.

Water Conservation on the High Plains


A video created by Picador Creative at Texas Tech University on the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) -- a farmer group in the High Plains focusing on practices that conserve water for crops and livestock in the region.

Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, under sub-award numbers: LS97-082, LS02-131, LS08-202, LS10-229, LS11-238, LS14-261, LS17-286, GS02-012, GS07-056, GS15-152 and GS18-196. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.