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Texas farmers grow Christmas cheer with poinsettias

By Jennifer Dorsett Field Editor Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe, poinsettias—so many of our Christmas traditions are rooted in agriculture. Literally. And we’re lucky to live in a state with diverse agricultural production. Texas farmers grow Christmas trees and poinsettias in addition to our traditional crops like corn, wheat and cotton. Did you know about 150 [...]

Family traditions at Thanksgiving don’t include foodborne illness

By Jennifer Dorsett Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s one of my favorite holidays, because it combines tasty food and spending time with my family and friends. Everyone brings a delicious dish or two, and we all stuff ourselves silly. We trade old family stories, catch up on the latest news, bounce new babies and admire [...]

What is a ‘factory farm?’

By Jennifer Dorsett Factory farm. It sounds so…mechanical. Cold. Unfeeling. We see and hear the words “factory farm” everywhere on social media and in the news. Major brands paint “factory farms” as places that are uncaring and with little interaction between humans and animals. But you know what I see? Farms. And families. I travel [...]

Halloween starts on the farm

Candy, costumes and corn mazes. Oh my, it could be a spooky surprise! It’s fall, and Texans are ready for holiday frights and those sweet, tasty delights. But it wouldn’t be possible without Texas agriculture. Although Halloween traditions have evolved over time, many are still similar, and agriculture has always played a role. The glow [...]

Texans, it’s time to plant your wildflowers

By Julie Tomascik There’s no prettier place than Texas in the spring when the country is ablaze with wildflowers and crops are growing in the fields. Colors of every hue. Blankets of blooming flowers. A brilliant blue sky as the backdrop. But that beauty gets its start now—in the fall season. Planting seeds in the [...]

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Transformation Tuesday: Corn

By Jennifer Dorsett When we think of corn, we tend to think of plump, yellow kernels slathered in butter. Or some of us might picture those fields with rows and rows of tall plants that are grown along so many Texas highways. But corn is pretty much all around us all the time. It’s food, feedstock, [...]