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5 family farm facts you should know

5 family farm facts you should know

By Mike Barnett

Family farm. Two words Americans love. With good reason.

Family means many things. Loving. Caring. Nurturing.

All apply to the family farmers I know. Too bad there are many misconceptions about what family farms are and aren’t.

Could be many of us are far removed from farm life. Some think of family farms as idyllic—a small place where the sun always shines, with chickens and cows, a patch of corn and a vegetable garden.

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Consumers and farmers: Be safe during planting season

Consumers and farmers: Be safe during planting season

By Gene Hall

Safety—for farmers and their city neighbors—is our top concern as spring planting gets underway.

When it stops raining in Texas—and we all know it will—the huge planting machines of agriculture will start rolling. Our ever-expanding urban lifestyle gobbles up countryside, reaching into areas that were once very rural. Now, these roads are heavily traveled. That means we’ll see tractors and planters on the highways with us.

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Proposed dietary guidelines are troubling

Proposed dietary guidelines are troubling

The following op-ed piece by TFB President Russell Boening appeared March 4 in the Houston Chronicle.

By Russell W. Boening

Thousands of Texans will flock to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the days ahead to see the best of livestock production in our state. The scene, with its unspoken endorsement of meat production, is seemingly incongruous with the recent report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which I and many cattle ranchers find troubling.

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Moving beyond the fencepost

Moving beyond the fencepost

By Nathan Smith

A group of Texans visited our nation’s capital last week. We walked snow-covered streets and through the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives’ offices. We met with congressmen and staffers. We discussed agricultural policy.

Staring out my D.C. hotel window at the inches of snow, I thought of farmers and ranchers back home.

They never hesitate to brave the elements for their crops and livestock. They are experts on animal health and crop science. They are committed to making the best and safest product possible. And they do it year after year. Despite volatile markets and weather that changes as often as farm policy.

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5 beefy reasons lean meat should be in your diet

5 beefy reasons lean meat should be in your diet

By Mike Barnett

So we need to eat less red meat. That’s what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says.

That’s a group of “experts” who get together every five years and make recommendations on what Americans should and should not eat. Although there will be a public comment period with an opportunity to change, their conclusions are confusing. And a bit misleading.

The good news is you can drink more coffee, eat more eggs and don’t have to worry much about dietary cholesterol. The bad news is, while they said lean meat can be part of a healthy diet, they recommend eating less of it.

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The beef checkoff works for ranchers–every day

The beef checkoff works for ranchers–every day

By Dave Edmiston,

Chairman, Texas Beef Promotion and Research Council

The Texas beef checkoff has been passed and implemented and new dollars are funding our beef promotion and research efforts. Yet some individuals continue to spread misinformation when it comes to this self-help effort. Since most of the claims and arguments I hear against the Texas beef checkoff are false or misleading, I’d like the truth to be out there.

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