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10 things farmers do when it rains

10 things farmers do when it rains

By Mike Barnett

And the rains came. And came. And came.

After months of speculation, weather experts announced El Niño is here. Last Friday. Ha! Texas farmers and ranchers could have made that announcement two months ago.

At least farmers and ranchers have a sense of humor. Because it’s a dire situation. One of my Facebook farmer friends posted a photo of him standing on the bow of a sailboat, scanning the horizon of a deep blue ocean. His caption: “Checking wheat this morning.”

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Farmers and ranchers support voluntary labeling of GMO products

Farmers and ranchers support voluntary labeling of GMO products

By Gene Hall

I support a GMO product labeling law. Shocked? Well, it’s not THAT one. It’s this one—the Pompeo Bill.

Under its provisions, food sellers may voluntarily label food as GMO-free and gain any market advantage that exists. It also creates a meaningful standard, a certification for those products, under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supervision.

If this sounds like an approach that might work, it already has. Organic certification and labeling under USDA has functioned this way for years. In fact, since organic production itself specifies no GMOs, this is a multilayered labeling system that will make it quite easy to avoid a product that is perfectly safe to start with—if you want to.

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It’s grassroots time!

It’s grassroots time!

By Billy Howe
State Legislative Director

As the final days of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature come to a close, this is when your influence can have the greatest impact.

This is the time when a bill either lives or dies by a single action of the legislature because there isn’t time for a miraculous resurrection.

It is the time of session when our organization, with over 500,000 member families, can greatly influence the success or failure of legislation.

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Agriculture needs Trade Promotion Authority

Agriculture needs Trade Promotion Authority

By Gene Hall

It’s a safe bet that most of America does not get up in the morning worried about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and agriculture.

Both, however, are worthy of thought.

There is not much more important to the financial health of a nation than trade. Trade equals jobs, a secure currency and money in the bank. In agriculture alone, in 2014, exports equaled $152 billion. That’s a lot of economic activity—a lot of jobs that could be lost if TPA is not passed.

We have another of the never-ending fights in Washington over TPA.

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When the pop culture takes itself too seriously

When the pop culture takes itself too seriously

By Gene Hall

When it comes to controversial food issues such as GMOs, I’ll take science and research over pop culture every time.

I’ve written here about how pop culture assumptions get circulated in the Internet maze until they become a sort of conventional wisdom that is not at all wise. We’ve become a celebrity culture that almost worships the famous, even those who are famous for being famous.

I have no problem with that, but I’ve spent some time trying to figure out where to draw the line. Should celebrities have freedom to test the limits of what it takes to entertain us? Absolutely! Should we depend on them to be our advisors on diet and health? I’m thinking “no.”

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The pickup lover’s Top 10

The pickup lover’s Top 10

Editor’s Note: In celebration of Throwback Thursday, Mike Barnett is reviving an old blog.

By Mike Barnett

Texas farmers and ranchers love pickups.

Doesn’t matter what brand or color, everyone has one. They carry our dust on the outside and mud on the inside. They’re decorated with dings and scratches from errant fence posts and angry cows.

Pickups haul range cubes, firewood and kids to school. The inside often smells of cow manure and wet dogs. Look in the back of a pickup and you’ll likely find welders, torches and the tools of agriculture’s trade.

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