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How to keep your farm girl happy

How to keep your farm girl happy

By Mike Barnett

How to keep your girl happy. It’s trending on Twitter right now.

And I’m nothing if I’m not trendy. So I decided I better jump into the conversation before it’s too late.

But with a twist. I have a few suggestions on how to keep your farm girl happy. After all, everyone can use a little help in this area.

Here’s the top 10 ways:

10. Whisper sweet nothings in her ear. Like at midnight. Nuzzle her neck. Move up to her ear. And in your sexiest voice, ask her to get up and see if that calf is born yet.

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A strong voice for our future

A strong voice for our future

By Russell W. Boening
Texas Farm Bureau President

From drought to drenched.

In May, 13.5 trillion gallons of rain fell across Texas. Enough to cover the state in eight inches of water and setting the record for the wettest May in the Lone Star State.

The rain came in waves, testing the resolve of Texas farmers and ranchers. It flooded crops and pastures, tore down fences and destroyed roads. But it filled stock tanks, brought renewed life to drought-stricken land and replenished reservoirs.

A mixed blessing for Texans.

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EPA adds risk and uncertainty to clean water rules

EPA adds risk and uncertainty to clean water rules

By Mike Barnett

Environmental Protection Agency. EPA. I think a name change is due. Extremely Pugnacious Agency.

EPA recently released its final “Waters of the U.S.” rule. After months of debate, thousands of comments from farmers and ranchers—including 1,200 from Texas—and clear direction from both Congress and the courts, EPA did what it wanted to do. The final rule, according to an American Farm Bureau Federation analysis, will give EPA new powers to regulate farmers, ranchers and other businesses.

How did we get here?

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10 reasons your child should join FFA

10 reasons your child should join FFA

By Michelle Hochstein

Confident and capable. Healthy and knowledgeable. FFA helped shape me into the person I am today. It opened many doors for me. Oh, and did I mention, made me realize my calling? I participated in agricultural communications, a career development event (CDE), hosted by the FFA. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to pursue a degree in it.

FFA has been positively influencing future generations, like me, for more than 85 years. Here are 10 things I believe your children will gain by getting involved in this program.

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Ag exports important to all Texans

Ag exports important to all Texans

By Mike Barnett

What’s more boring than talking about international trade?

Watching paint dry. Maybe.

But it’s a subject that should grab attention. From farmers and consumers.

Because it directly affects you. Exports add value to Texas agriculture. All Texas crops and livestock were sold for $20 billion in 2012, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. About a third of that was exported to other nations. Over $6.5 billion worth in 2012. That’s not pocket change.

Those dollars flow into rural Texas. To support local businesses. Fund local schools. Maintain rural infrastructure.

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The Five Freedoms of cattle

The Five Freedoms of cattle

By Dr. Ron Gill
Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist
Texas A&M University

Walmart recently released its expectations on animal welfare for its suppliers. They are adopting the “Five Freedoms,” which has been around for many years. On the surface, this may sound crazy since most of us do not think animals have rights or “freedoms.”

Before you form an opinion, try to understand what the Five Freedoms are and what is really expected from that approach to managing animal welfare.

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