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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.

Stewards of the land

By Shala Watson Driving along the interstate, you see the occasional field with crops growing. On the back roads, they’re even more common. To some, that’s all it is—a field. But to farmers and ranchers, that soil is so much more. It’s potential. It’s the future of our food, fiber and fuel. That’s why farmers [...]

Technology drives big changes in supermarkets

By Shala Watson Online shopping is nothing new, and we often use it to buy clothes, gadgets and other items. But what about for milk, bread and bananas? Trying to juggle trips to the grocery store with work, errands, kids’ activities and other tasks can be a challenge. We all lead busy lives and are [...]

Celebrating National Ag Day

By Shala Watson No matter where your day leads or how it ends, it all starts with a farmer. And today—on National Ag Day—we take a minute to think about how agriculture is a part of almost everything we eat, wear and use on a daily basis. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” [...]

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 [...]