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Animal rights activists shut down the circus

By Julie Tomascik The Greatest Show On Earth will fold up its tent for the final time in May. Marking the end of a 146-year tour that brought animals and a captivating experience to life under the Big Top. The circus’ storied history will come to an end after facing a tough few years. No [...]

Consumer trust vs. skepticism

By Gary Joiner Modern attitudes toward agriculture are interesting. And challenging. You wonder if farmers and ranchers are trustworthy? Yes, they are! About 75 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion toward farmers and ranchers, according to a recent survey. What about the way they farm or ranch? Not so much. Only 42 percent view [...]

You want me to RSVP?

By Julie Tomascik Things go wrong. Equipment breaks down. It rains when you don’t want it to, and doesn’t rain when you need it to. Cows are calving. Crops need to be planted. And harvested. There’s always a task that needs to be completed on the farm, especially when you have somewhere to be. And [...]

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 [...]

Meet a canola farmer: Justin Crownover

By Julie Tomascik It’s bright. Yellow. And sometimes mistaken for a weed. But this crop—canola—is growing in popularity in the Lone Star State. For nearly 10 years, Justin Crownover and his family have been planting canola on their farm in the Texas Panhandle. It’s a crop not many think of when shopping at the grocery [...]