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Cockroach milk coming to a glass near you

By Julie Tomascik Cockroach milk? Yup. You read that right. Don’t look now, but it could be coming to a grocery store near you. Because a professor at the University of Iowa, Barbara Stay, discovered that the female Pacific beetle cockroach is unlike any other insect species. She feeds her young “milk.” A pale, yellow [...]

Fried Pickles

By Kelly Bogard Fried pickles are a true southern classic. And a great summer treat. Did you know those pickles get their start in Texas fields where cucumber harvest is underway now? Some Texas farmers grow for Best Maid Pickles, which is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. We’ll celebrate with them with this week’s [...]

The freedom of not having to farm

By Gary Joiner We take our kids to school. Go to work. Maybe stop by the grocery store on the way home. Pick up supper or a few things for the family. It’s our routine, one we’ve settled into nicely. And it’s because we don’t have to think about our food. Just like U.S. Agriculture [...]

Pear Skillet Cake with Sorghum Flour

By Kelly Bogard Sorghum. It’s not as well-known for cooking, but it’s a great choice for many people. Especially those with a gluten intolerance. You see, sorghum is gluten-free and grown right here in Texas. Chances are you’ve seen it driving down the highway and didn't know it. Versatile and with many names, it’s a [...]

Transformation Tuesday: Grain Sorghum

By Jessica Domel In the field, restaurant and your home, grain sorghum is a small grain that packs a big punch. Drive around Texas right now and you’re sure to see some of the high-energy, drought-tolerant crop. While some farmers are already harvesting the crop, others anxiously await their turn to bring in the colorful [...]

Strawberry Mini Pies

By Kelly Bogard Fresh strawberries are one of my all-time favorite summer treats. I love them right from the vine when I can find them. But alas, the growing season for strawberries is quickly slipping away with the warmer temperatures. So I plan to savor every. Last. One. Do you know how to tell if [...]