Texas ranchers, activists and local officials are bracing for megadroughts brought by climate change

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A new study from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University warns that droughts in the latter part of this century could be the worst on record.

  • BILL HYMAN is executive director of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas. ALLIE GOULDING | THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
    BILL HYMAN is executive director of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas. ALLIE GOULDING | THE TEXAS TRIBUNE
Arthur Uhl III has been ranching for 30 years and routinely has the same lament: “It doesn’t rain enough.” Uhl, who works on his family’s San Angelo-area ranches, needs the rain to grow the grass that feeds his livestock. But in a region that’s prone to megadroughts, he’s had to make changes for sustainability’s sake. “We meter all of our groundwater posts, for one thing,” he said. “We’ve…

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