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Meet a Farmer

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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 [...]

More female farmers, ranchers cropping up

By Shala Watson Agriculture is full of stereotypes. Boots and overalls. The hayseed plowboy. And all men. But it’s changing. The demographics are shifting. There’s a place for women in agriculture, too. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service shows the number of men operating farms is decreasing, while the number of women [...]

Five positively useful Texan gift ideas

By Jessica Domel The twinkle of colorful lights, the smell of cinnamon and pine and the sweetness of holiday tunes filling the air all mean one thing—Christmas is almost here. Although the traditional cooler temperatures are alluding many of us here in the Lone Star State, that hasn’t stopped thousands upon thousands of Texans from [...]

Celebrating sorghum

By Jessica Domel Whether you’re shipping a package to grandma, enjoying a gluten-free cereal or simply feeding the chickens, you’re using one of the world’s most versatile crops–sorghum. Sometimes called maize or milo, grain sorghum is planted across the globe because it adapts so easily to almost any environment. We use it for all kinds [...]