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Wanted: Exceptional agriculture students for True scholarship

Wanted: Exceptional agriculture students for True scholarship

It’s been almost two years now since he’s been gone. S.M. True Jr., the former president of Texas Farm Bureau, makes everyone’s short list of all-time great Texas agricultural leaders. A major scholarship, sponsored by the Farm Bureau, will now honor his memory.

Since his death in a farming accident on May 18, 2012 at age 88, the Farm Bureau has sought a fitting way to honor him. The S.M. True, Jr. Agricultural Scholar Award is a unique scholarship for a very special, unique leader. This $20,000 scholarship will be presented annually to a college junior, majoring in agriculture and enrolled in a four-year college or university. It is available only to the children of Texas Farm Bureau member families who have been part of the organization for three years or more. The details for applying can be found here: http://bit.ly/OxzUD3.

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The American farmer: Growing capitalism

The American farmer: Growing capitalism

By Layne and Jamie Chapman

Feral chickens, hand-pulled kale and a steer fed to perfection that is marketed in its home state. What do they all have in common? Capitalism.

These products were introduced into a functioning market to better a company’s financial standing and to capitalize on a situation. They are also part of modern agriculture. Grocery stores of all kinds have found different routes of product differentiation and market themselves according to what they think the consumer needs. The new consumer is targeted well after the raw products have left the hands of a farmer or rancher, who are commonly so removed from the consumer that they are often misrepresented by the advertising of the product. The ones determining how the end product is situated in the market are no more connected to the product than the chicken that came in the bag.

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Safe. From our farm to your table.

Safe. From our farm to your table.

By Shannon Sparks

Being a mother isn’t always easy. But it’s always worth it.

You want the best for your children, but sometimes you question the decisions you make. Do we buy the expensive baby swing or do we opt for the more economical one? What are the right food choices for nutrition and safety? Am I teaching my children the proper skills at the proper time?

The one thing I’ve always known was right was the decision my husband and I made to raise our children on our farm.

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Farming for my family and yours

Farming for my family and yours

By Curt Mowery

Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to food. Some choose organic. Others choose conventional. I like grain fed beef. My neighbor likes grass fed. The possibilities are endless and boil down to personal preference and what fits your lifestyle.

Farmers also have many choices when it comes to growing food. We weigh our markets, what our land will do, take a look at demand and our personal goals and come up with a game plan. However you choose to eat, there’s a farmer out there willing to grow it.

And that’s all good.

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Caring for cattle like they’re family

Caring for cattle like they’re family

By Lee Brown

In the era of technology, it seems we’ve forgotten how to talk to each other and ask questions before making judgments. It’s becoming routine to see an article about today’s food supply with endless comments from folks who never took the time to ask a farmer about their food.

As a first generation rancher in Southeast Texas, I’ve faced numerous obstacles to raise my small commercial cattle herd. But no matter how difficult it may get, this business is something I have a passion for and it helps provide for my growing family.

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