East Texas Ranch

The drought situation in East Texas is steadily improving by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Several Northeast Texas counties were removed from drought status last week after recent rains.

Cattle rancher Mark Chamblee of Huntington, Texas, still can see the impact on his Brahman herd. He owns East Texas Ranch and had to sell off much of his cattle two years ago. Chamblee is slowing rebuilding his herd again. He has 25-head of cattle.

"We're still crossing our fingers for rain this summer, and not have what happened two years ago," Chamblee said.

Life By The Drop: Drought, Water and the Future of Texas

Jun 30, 2012

Airs Sunday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Life By the Drop is a close look at the state of water and drought in Texas, looking both to the past and the future for answers on how the state can manage a growing population amid a shrinking water supply. This report is a collaboration of KUT Austin, StateImpact Texas, and Texas Monthly.

Look at this photo spread from The Big Picture.

America Abroad: The Global Water Challenge

Jun 23, 2012

Airs Sunday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.  The world's population is growing, and with it, so is the demand for water. On this month's program,  America Abroad examines global issues related to water, from dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, to droughts and floods in Queensland, Australia. We'll also discuss solutions-from water-related I.T. in the developing world to solar-powered purification after the Haiti earthquake. (more)

Commentator Archie McDonald reflects on the recent drought, and his appreciation for a soaking rain, especially at night.

The LSU AgCenter will hold a forestry forum Feb. 23 at the evacuation shelter adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus. Earlier this month the Texas Forestry Association held a forum for landowners reeling from the drought.