from 1997 to 2012 about 590,000 acres was lost from the agricultural land base in the 25 highest rate counties. This information was developed by the Texas Agricultural Land Trust & check their website TEXAS LAND TRENDS to get more details. The institute says the goal is to provide public & private decision-makers with information needed to plan for the conservation of Texas farms, ranches & forests. This according to Todd Snelgrove, associate director of the institute. WORTHY TO NOTE CONSERVATION IN EAST TEXAS, which has the rain, forests and fields.