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New Year brings hope, opportunity

By Julie Tomascik You’re making a list. And checking it twice. But not for Christmas gifts. It’s that time for New Year’s resolutions. Even for farmers and ranchers. To build those fences. Save to buy that new tractor. And the age-old resolution—shed a few pounds. But the New Year is more than just resolutions. It’s [...]

Hard candy Christmas

By Julie Tomascik Hard candy—it’s the age-old sweet taste of Christmas. And one that’s steeped in tradition for my husband’s family. Every December, you’ll find them with gloves on, ready to make—and eat—hard candy. It’s a family legacy, started by “PawPaw” Vito Riola when he bought the candy-making shop in Cameron in 1930. Every year [...]

Riding the agricultural roller coaster

By Julie Tomascik Up. Down. Around the turn. Fast. Then slow. Each roller coaster ride is a little bit different. And, even if you think you know what’s coming, you’re still in for a bit of a shock. It’s no different in farming and ranching. Each year, farmers and ranchers hop on and hang on. [...]

Lessons learned at the end of a country road

By Julie Tomascik A walk. A ride. Or a drive. It doesn’t matter how. Just take a trip down a country road. One that is uneven, challenging and demanding. A bumpy road paved with lessons in life. And the twists and turns that come with it. Something that’s all too familiar for Texas farm and [...]

Are farmers to blame for Daylight Saving Time?

By Jessica Domel Every year when Daylight Saving Time rolls around, it's the same old thing. Complaints about changing clocks. Complaints about losing sleep. And inevitably, someone saying it was enacted to help American farmers. It wasn't. In fact, my dad hates it. He's out working in the fields whether it's 7 p.m. or 8 [...]