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Organic v. conventional: What’s the difference?

By Amy Halfmann I love grocery pickup. Order online, someone fights the crowds for you, the babies sleep while another someone loads the groceries. What could be the problem? Accidentally selecting the wrong groceries. Sometimes online shopping can be deceiving. I thought I was buying plain ole yellow squash and zucchini. Except when I got [...]

National Ag Day is about consumers, too

By Julie Tomascik Consumers. Shopping in the grocery store, browsing online boutiques or fueling up at the gas station. You. Yes, you. You’re the ying to agriculture’s yang. Without buyers, nothing is for sale. That makes you part of National Ag Day and every day. The conversation around today’s celebration and awareness of agriculture is [...]

Farming ain’t easy

By Julie Tomascik You think farming is easy? It can seem that way from the outside looking in. Plant seeds. Watch them grow. And harvest the crop a few months later. That’s how it works in our gardens, right? Yes. But this is different. It’s running tractors and plows. Early mornings. Night owls. Farmers and [...]

More than ‘just a farmer’

By Julie Tomascik Calloused hands and patches on his britches. Sun-kissed skin and mud on her boots. A tractor, cows and corn popping up in rows. He’s just a farmer. And so is she. Those three words put what they do in the simplest terms. But it’s so much more. Farming and ranching is a [...]

Harvey drowns hope as disaster strikes family farm

By Julie Tomascik This year was going to be different. The cotton looked good. Unbelievably good. Fat bolls loaded on compact stalks. A sea of white, as far as the eye could see. Matagorda County farmer Robby Reed was hopeful. Until a bad boy named Harvey paid a visit. Some say it's the hurricane for [...]