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Agriculture’s classroom is full of lessons

The new “normal” right now may be distance learning as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, but hands-on lessons are still taking place on Texas farms and ranches. That’s because agriculture can enhance the lessons students are learning through school curriculum. Like using math to develop feed rations for livestock or how much fertilizer should be [...]

Coronavirus pandemic brings back images of days gone by

By Jennifer Dorsett Life sure has changed for the average American. We’re working from home, homeschooling kids, planting gardens, cooking most of our meals…in fact, we’re living much like our pioneering forefathers did. In Colonial America, agriculture was the primary occupation for about 90 percent of the population. Life was hard. Days revolved around growing [...]

Herd health practices prevent disease

By Jennifer Dorsett COVID-19 has caused sweeping changes in the way we live and work. Social distancing, kids learning at home, work-from-home arrangements, shelter-in-place orders, stockpiling of groceries and household essentials…it’s a strange era in our nation’s history. We’ve never experienced anything like this. But that doesn’t mean we should despair. To prevent a massive [...]

Spring break—farm kid style

By Julie Tomascik The cool, dreary weather is fading into warmer days filled with the sights, smells and sounds of agriculture coming to life in the spring. Families are taking vacations. Teachers are recovering. And many farm kids are getting dirty. Because it’s finally spring break! In Texas, spring breaks are staggered for the schools. [...]

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The freedom of choice

By Julie Tomascik We have a lot of freedoms. The freedom to worship as we please. The freedom to decide what we want to wear. And the freedom to choose what foods we want to eat. The great thing about American agriculture is however you want to eat—organic, non-GMO, traditional, conventional, grain-fed or grass-fed—there will [...]

Ask a farmer about your food

By Julie Tomascik Let’s talk food and farming, Texas. We’re overwhelmed with buzzwords, marketing ploys and labels, not to mention the vast array of choices. How do we know the truth and what’s really best for us? Organic, conventional, local, natural, GMO-free—we read the labels, but what do they really mean? As consumers, your decisions—and [...]