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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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New Texas Farm Bureau program supports youth with Texas Football

New Texas Farm Bureau program supports youth with Texas Football

By Gene Hall

Texas Farm Bureau has announced a new money-saving program on a wonderful package of Texas football coverage. You can help college-bound kids while reading what you love.

I’ve been hooked on college and high school football since I was seven years old. I’ll never forget the names of the great college players in the old Southwest Conference. Most games were on the radio with the great sports journalists and announcers. I remember Kern Tips a little, and the magnificent voices of Frank Fallon and Jack Dale still ring in my ears.

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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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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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When we say grassroots, we really mean it

When we say grassroots, we really mean it

By Gene Hall

Fall is my favorite time of the year, even if I have to deal with allergies and even if my favorite football teams struggle a bit.

“Crispness in the air” greets me in the morning. The robe feels good for coffee on the back porch. Then there are the county Farm Bureau annual meetings.

The good folks in five of these county organizations made me part of their conventions this year. That’s about average for me. I get to go and eat good barbecue, sometimes catfish or other fare. I speak on issues and hopefully humorous stories. There was a dessert contest in one county. I ate too much. There are door prizes. There are discussions about how to use Texas Farm Bureau, “The Voice of Texas Agriculture.”

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Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to food

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to food

By Mike Barnett

A recent post on Facebook explains a lot about the confusion over food.

It’s called ignorance.

Ignorance is not the same as stupidity. People generally are not stupid. But a whole lot of them have a lack of knowledge or information. That’s called ignorance.

This was displayed on a video segment  posted about GMOs on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night television show. In that segment, Kimmel asked people on the street if they wanted GMOs in their food. Then he asked them if they knew what GMO stood for.

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