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March Madness: Agriculture busting brackets

By Julie Tomascik Editor Wins and losses. They aren’t just for your March Madness bracket. They’re for agriculture, too. And boy have the last few months been tough. Farmers along the Texas Gulf Coast have faced nearly non-stop rains since last fall. They’re just now preparing their fields to plant when most would’ve already been [...]

Wildflower fever

Hallelujah! Spring has sprung. Finally. That cold, wet winter was good for something, though. Experts have predicted this year’s wildflower bloom to be the best in more than a decade. Texas parks and roadsides are sure to be alive with color in the coming weeks. Some already are! And bluebonnet photos are a family tradition [...]

5 tips when driving behind farm equipment

By Julie Tomascik You left your house 15 minutes late, and you get caught in traffic. The reason? Large farm equipment. It’s that time of year again, when farmers are beginning to plant from the Rio Grande Valley to Central Texas. It won’t be long, and the rest of the state will follow as the [...]

10 reasons your child should join FFA

By Michelle Hochstein Confident and capable. Healthy and knowledgeable. FFA helped shape me into the person I am today. It opened many doors for me. Oh, and did I mention, made me realize my calling? I participated in agricultural communications, a career development event (CDE), hosted by the FFA. I enjoyed it so much, I [...]

Youth ag organizations prepare students for the future

By Justin Walker Skilled labor is often difficult to find, which is bad news for many industries. The U.S. population is bigger than ever, which means there are more bodies to house, more minds to educate and more mouths to feed. But with a skilled labor shortage, it’s growing increasingly more difficult to keep up [...]

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How to feel like a rancher

By Jennifer Dorsett Hunting and fishing guides, private chefs, hiking, paddling and fishing. Doesn’t sound like the lifestyle of many ranchers I know. But How to Feel Like a Ranch Owner for a Weekend, a story in Texas Monthly, seems to promise a transformative experience to readers. A chance to reconnect with nature and experience [...]