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Why we need farmers

By Jessica Domel If you stop by any garden center, you can buy the seeds, load up your soil and even buy nutrients to help your garden grow. So, why do we need large-scale farms? I’ve heard these questions asked a number of times, especially as the locavore movement gained traction. If I can grow [...]

Top 5 reasons to be thankful for agriculture

By Julie Tomascik ’Tis the season of giving. The season to be thankful. And a time of reflection. The Thanksgiving holiday means many things to many folks. Oftentimes, those link back to agriculture and the farm and ranch families—like those in the Lone Star State. They care for Mother Nature’s most precious resources. Consider the [...]

Five reasons every kid should have a garden

By Jessica Domel When I was little, I thought everyone had a garden. Where else would squash, potatoes and tomatoes come from? I realized some produce came from the grocery store, of course, but I just assumed everyone could go outside, pick a tomato and eat it right there. It wasn't until I was a [...]

5 dirty truths on agriculture

By Julie Tomascik Farming and ranching is tough work. Downright dirty at times. Those long hours on the tractor, in the pasture or in the shop aren’t for everyone. Only a few choose to do it—about 2 percent, actually. Most of them clock in at a young age and never retire. And you should know [...]

Fall on the farm

By Julie Tomascik Crisp mornings. Changing colors. And a buzz of urgency and excitement hang in the air. It’s fall on the farm. When farmers and ranchers are hurrying to harvest crops. Or get the seeds of next year in the ground. It may seem early, but the first snow of the year is seen [...]