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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 [...]

E-I-E-I-Ohhhh? 5 truths about antibiotics.

By Julie Tomascik A place, a time and a reason. Antibiotics are just a small piece of the livestock puzzle. It’s a complex situation. And it takes a team of experts—like veterinarians—and ranchers working together. Analyzing animal health and making smart decisions. Responsible antibiotic use on the farm and ranch is a safe practice. A [...]