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Has Uncle Sam become a land grabber?

Has Uncle Sam become a land grabber?

By Gene Hall

As I sat waiting to be interviewed for On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Tuesday, I was amazed at how quickly outrage over a wrong can build.

It started with a video produced by my team, questioning the intent of the federal government to take private property on the Texas side of the Red River. The video went viral and, for the first time in 30 years, we have the attention of officials from Washington to Austin focused on a federal land grab.

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Curses, rants and insurrection doesn’t solve problems

Curses, rants and insurrection doesn’t solve problems

By Gene Hall

The views expressed here are entirely my own. We recently ran a video on our Texas Farm Bureau social media spaces featuring an ongoing legal fight. We’d like to help prevent the federal Bureau of Land Management from seizing private land along the Texas/Oklahoma border. Some people responded in an angry way that was nothing short of scary.

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Spring means property tax deadlines

Spring means property tax deadlines

By Gary Joiner

Taxes are on the minds of many Texans right now. “Tax Day” is April 15. It’s the deadline to file a federal individual tax return or request a filing extension.

Texas landowners are also thinking about property taxes this time of year. Many are completing applications and forms in advance of an important May 1 deadline. It’s the day farmers and ranchers must have filed paperwork with their local appraisal district to qualify for a special property valuation.

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Agriculture’s ROI on social media

Agriculture’s ROI on social media

By Mike Barnett

I often wonder why farmers and ranchers are slow to adopt social media. Agriculture is making progress in this revolutionary way of communication. But we still have a long way to go.

I consider farmers and ranchers may be intimidated by computers. But that doesn’t make sense because agriculture is always quick to adopt technology. Then I think they are buffaloed by the complexity of social media. But that’s not the answer, because it is fairly simple.

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Golden Rice–A compelling moral argument for food biotechnology

Golden Rice–A compelling moral argument for food biotechnology

By Gene Hall

Anti-GMO food activists are among the angriest and most mistrustful people in the world. I get the trust issues. It’s that kind of world, but I often wish we could put aside the anger for reasonable discussions.

I do not pretend to be a scientist, but I’ve studied this a lot. This issue comes into very sharp focus on the question of Golden Rice. We have the technology to introduce beta carotene and therefore Vitamin A into rice at the genetic level. Many children in the poorer regions of the world suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. They go blind from it. They are dying from it. We can fix a lot of that. The question is, “Why would we not?”

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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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