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Why does trade matter?

By Jessica Domel In just a few short weeks, officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will sit down to renegotiate a multi-billion-dollar trade deal–the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). But what does that mean for you and me? Why does trade matter? 1) Availability. Whether a specific fruit or vegetable is in season [...]

Feral hogs root up our family’s farm

By Lindsay Kimbrell The hog debate has really gotten hot the last couple of months, and I don’t understand why. Since when did so many care about a feral hog? But farmers and ranchers like myself do. We care about the damage they cause and the crops they destroy. We’ve been trying for years in [...]

Trade, immigration, taxes: Do lawmakers care what we think?

By Jessica Domel Our state and national lawmakers are back in office and already making changes that can affect us now and well into the future. But do they really care what we think? The short answer is yes. Of course they do. Why? Because without us–the voters–our lawmakers may or may not return to [...]

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 [...]

What’s in a Secretary of Agriculture?

By Gary Joiner Speculation on the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture continues to percolate. America’s farmers and ranchers are highly interested in the nomination by President-elect Donald Trump. Consumers should be interested, too. The next Secretary of Agriculture arrives in office at a critical time. Net cash farm income and net farm income are down [...]