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About Shala Watson

Staff Writer Texas Farm Bureau I was born and raised in the East Texas Pineywoods. I don’t have a traditional agricultural background, but I’m inspired by the hard-working men and women who produce our food and fiber. I’m a small town girl just trying to bring a fresh perspective to ag journalism.

FFA isn’t just for farm kids

By Shala Watson Did you know you don’t have to be a farm kid to be in FFA? The blue corduroy jackets are worn by rural and urban students alike. Because the blue and gold of the FFA embodies leadership and the desire to learn and explore. And it’s especially highlighted during one week every [...]

What’s in a food label?

By Shala Watson Take a walk down the supermarket aisle. What do you see? Food labels galore! Non-GMO. Gluten-free. Organic. All natural. You name it, you can probably find it. But what do the labels really mean? Are they in our best interest or a marketing ploy to get us to spend more money on [...]

Meat is an essential part of a healthy diet

By Shala Watson Meat. It’s still the center of the table in my home. Despite the fact that meat consumption has dropped more than 14 percent in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a recent study by Texas A&M University. Why is it the main part of my meals? Because meat—beef, chicken, turkey [...]

Reading, writing and agriculture?

By Shala Watson Chocolate milk comes from brown cows. All farmers wear overalls. And big farms are bad. Those food and farm myths are abundant—online and in the classroom. Leaving students feeling a little confused. That’s why agriculture deserves a place in all classrooms and in all teaching styles. From elementary to high school and [...]

Agriculture is everywhere

By Shala Watson From the field to your home and everywhere in between, agriculture is there. Hidden in places across Texas. Down a long, winding country road. In your classroom, garage or grocery store. And let’s not forget your kitchen. Rural America is at the heart of our country’s success. Your success. And mine. It’s [...]