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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 [...]

Agriculture and the government shutdown

By Justin Walker We’ve entered the second month of the government shutdown. How does that affect agriculture? How about your food? Farmers and ranchers are impacted by the shutdown because they don’t have access to production reports, access to farm bill programs and resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the era when internet [...]

Busting myths about beef nutrition

By Julie Tomascik Eating preferences—we all have them. Some choose to be vegetarians. Others pursue the vegan route. Then, there are folks—myself included—who are omnivores. Growing up on a family rancher, there was only one way to eat—a balanced meal that included meat and vegetables. But I was an open-minded 10-year-old ready to experience the [...]

What’s the difference between farmers and ranchers?

By Jennifer Dorsett Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. It’s a favorite song among the preschool set, and we all know the words by heart. But after I thought about it one day, I realized the song was a bit misleading. Old MacDonald had a farm, but was he a farmer or a rancher? He [...]

Jalapeño Jelly and Candied Jalapeños

By Kelly Bogard A Texan menu for the holiday season is not your typical Christmas fair. Don't get me wrong. We all still love our green bean casserole and cornbread dressing. But we reserve those foods for Thanksgiving. At Christmas, we eat Mexican food. From fajitas to tamales, there is a little bit of everything. [...]