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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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Who’s going to fill their shoes?

Who’s going to fill their shoes?

By Nathan Smith, Field Editor

I was driving through West Texas recently and George Jones’ ballad, “Who’s Going to Fill Their Shoes” came on the radio. I am a big fan of “the possum” and have heard this song dozens of times, but driving through the heart of Texas cotton country, it struck me a little differently.

The song talks about the pioneers of country music and the legacy they will leave. The hook comes when Jones asks, who will take their place?

Looking out at the setting sun over blooming cotton and shelled corn fields, I couldn’t help but wonder the same thing about Texas farmers.

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Riding the farming rollercoaster

Riding the farming rollercoaster

By Nathan Smith, Field Editor

I loved Six Flags as a kid. I still do. I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker and rollercoasters are right up my alley. If a rollercoaster doesn’t scare you a little, pass it by. When you strap in, you shouldn’t know what’s about to happen.

I was on the Titan this summer. It’s the granddaddy of all Six Flags rollercoasters. As we started the ascent to the top with impending panic building in the voice of the woman in front of me, I thought about what a rollercoaster the last year and a half has been for Texas farmers and ranchers.

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Farming is a little like skydiving

Farming is a little like skydiving

By Nathan Smith, Field Editor

Last week I saw miles and miles of Texas. I traveled to West Texas to visit with cotton farmers about the crop that’s going in the ground as we speak.

They are pouring seed into planter boxes and rolling across the freshly prepared ground. They plant with an optimism that seems to renew each season, no matter how bad the last year hurt.

On Interstate 27, I saw a sign advertising skydiving. It got me thinking about the huge risk farmers take on faith – every year.

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A grassroots win for the good guys

A grassroots win for the good guys

By Nathan Smith, Field Editor

It’s a case study in grassroots power.

A half-cocked rule aimed at restricting young people’s activity on the farm was shot down last week when the Labor Department (DOL) withdrew the proposal.

It’s nothing new to hear of an agency changing their mind, but this time the DOL had help.

The proposal to ban youth from working on farms was withdrawn after thousands of comments–many from Texas farming families–expressed concern about the effects the rule would have on day-to-day farm activities.

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