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My favorite photos from 2014

My favorite photos from 2014

By Mike Barnett

Photography’s my passion. It allows me to capture special moments, times and places and keep those memories forever. It just happens to coincide with my other passions: agriculture and rural Texas. There are so many great stories to tell and what better way than through pictures.

Here are some of my personal favorites—a month-to-month journey through 2014.

 

January. I am fortunate to live right down the street from Lake Waco. I make it a habit to go outside every night before sunset and check the sky. I knew this was going to be a good one. Spectacular clouds and light.

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Comparison shopping–organic and conventional

Comparison shopping–organic and conventional

By Cynthia Wolfe, agriculturalist and mom

I think it’s important to be thankful for the tremendous blessing of food that we have, not just on holidays but all days. I’m also thankful that it’s affordable! Well mostly it is, as we shall see. I have a degree in Agriculture Science and a healthy respect for farmers and ranchers who provide safe, affordable and abundant food.

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Texas farmer advocates for ag

Texas farmer advocates for ag

By Julie Tomascik

Turkeys, cows, kids and community activities. It’s a full load, but nothing Darrell Glaser can’t handle.

In fact, he prefers it that way.

His farm isn’t an 8-5 job with vacation and holidays. But it’s a family business he’s proud to be a part of. And a job he takes seriously.

Agriculture is in his blood. He has a master’s degree but chose to come back home to the family farm. He’s putting his college degrees to work, though, raising healthy turkeys and beef for you and me.

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10 things you should know about Texas agriculture

10 things you should know about Texas agriculture

By Mike Barnett

Everything’s bigger and better in Texas. Even agriculture.

Most Texans know our ranchers herd more cattle and farmers grow more cotton than those in any other state. But you are probably not aware of many other fascinating aspects of agriculture in the Lone Star State.

Here’s my Top 10, gleaned from the 2012 Agriculture Census .

10) Fun on the farm.

Texas farms and ranches account for 19 percent of agri-tourism and recreation dollars in the U.S.  That means $133 million flows into rural areas as Texans enjoy wineries, hunting, ranches and other experiences.

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GMO state labeling initiatives are shut out

GMO state labeling initiatives are shut out

By Gene Hall

There were two mandatory labeling issues for GMOs on state ballots Tuesday. Both were defeated.

In Oregon, the labeling measure was barely turned back with a 51 percent “no” vote. In Colorado, it was much more decisive with a 66 percent “no.”

In Hawaii—Maui to be exact—there was a local initiative to ban growing GMO crops altogether. It passed. As yet unexplained is the rationale, because these votes are not based on anything rational. GMO papaya is resistant to ringspot virus, and the non-GMO kind probably can’t be grown there. But hey, that’s someone else’s problem, right?

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Businesses derailed by UP action

Businesses derailed by UP action

By Mike Barnett

Terry Buzbee watched pickups roll into his feed store for 32 years. He built Buzbee Feed & Seed, located off busy Highway 6 just east of Waco, into a thriving business. But it doesn’t thrive anymore.

What he sees now are customers pulling up to a blockaded entrance. And moving on.

It’s a hardship for his patrons, who now must navigate their way on a dangerous, narrow back road to buy their feed. It’s a corporate decision for Union Pacific, who closed the railroad crossing, denying access to the business.

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