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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

By Kelly Bogard There's just something about a nice warm cup of cocoa on a cold winter night. Rich and creamy chocolate warmed with sweet fluffy marshmallows is one of my favorite cold weather treats. It's also something I look forward to every year. This simple recipe serves as a way to stay warm and [...]

The importance of land values

By Gary Joiner Land values haven’t fared well across the U.S. compared to a year ago. Analysts say the situation in Texas is better than in most states, but increases in land values in 2016 are less than those of recent years. Double-digit increases have been replaced by growth of only 2.75 percent. Pastureland values [...]

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 [...]

Staff Picks: The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

By Kelly Bogard Who doesn't love a good turkey sandwich? Okay, so there are a few of you out there who prefer ham. But the great thing is both will likely be readily available the day after Thanksgiving in a kitchen near you. And on those turkey or ham sandwiches there are a variety of [...]

Consumer trust vs. skepticism

By Gary Joiner Modern attitudes toward agriculture are interesting. And challenging. You wonder if farmers and ranchers are trustworthy? Yes, they are! About 75 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion toward farmers and ranchers, according to a recent survey. What about the way they farm or ranch? Not so much. Only 42 percent view [...]

Pumpkin Crumble

By Kelly Bogard Pumpkin is a quintessential part of any good Thanksgiving feast. From the very beginning, pumpkins and other gourds were a part of many meals. The pumpkin's ability to be used in both sweet and savory dishes makes it a fall favorite. Are you on the pumpkin bandwagon? I know Butters is. She'll [...]