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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 [...]

A healthy new year brought to you by agriculture

By Jennifer Dorsett It’s that time again. The fresh start of a new year. Like many of us, I snacked and dined my way through the holidays. And I may have put on a little extra padding in the process. In order to reacquaint myself with my favorite jeans, I set goals and look to [...]

Top 8 New Year’s resolutions

By Julie Tomascik It’s that time of year to make New Year’s resolutions. But what’s a list of New Year’s resolutions look like for farmers and ranchers? Here’s the top 10 items on my list…. 8. Put the tools back. It’s easy to leave them in the truck bed, on the shop floor and everywhere [...]

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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 [...]