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Agriculture Policy

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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 [...]

Animal abuse on Texas ranches and dairies?

By Jessica Domel The sun is barely peeking through the clouds, and they're already hard at work feeding cows, milking and answering business calls. They've only had a few hours of sleep, and the day won't be over for another 10-12 hours. They're a Texas dairy producer. A rancher. Or maybe just a fan of livestock. Sometimes, all three. Taking [...]