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Should death really be taxed?

Should death really be taxed?

By Glen Cope

Two things in life that often bring about the most grief are death and taxes. So when these two are combined, it makes for a cocktail of anxiety. Isn’t it enough that a family must deal with the grieving that comes from the passing of a loved one? Yet, political leaders in Washington, D.C., find it necessary to exacerbate that grief by taxing the occasion.

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One of agriculture’s “Greatest Generation” is gone

One of agriculture’s “Greatest Generation” is gone

By Gene Hall

Slowly at first, now much more quickly, the Greatest Generation of Americans is passing from the scene. Children in the want of the Great Depression, tempered in the fires of a world war, they had the smarts to go to the moon and the guts to stop the march of tyranny dead in its tracks.

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Hawaiian proverb holds truth for American agriculture

Hawaiian proverb holds truth for American agriculture

By Mike Barnett

Ho’okahi ka ‘ilau like ana.

That’s Hawaiian, y’all. It means  “Wield the paddles together.”

How fitting as we gather in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farmers and ranchers from all 50 states and Puerto Rico are here to do the business of agriculture.

Ho’okahi ka ‘ilau like ana.

The ocean set the tempo of life and death for the ancient Hawaiians. Times were tough—even in this tropical paradise. When the ocean was gentle, life was good. When seas got rough, only by cooperating—wielding the paddles together—could the Hawaiians thrive. And survive.

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Political Campaigning 101

By Ken Hodges

Having good, solid people seeking public office is more important now than ever before. Our local, state and national governments are faced with difficult decisions and limited resources to address complex issues. Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) wants to encourage and enable potential candidates to effectively communicate their message in the challenging environment of political campaigns. TFB is hosting their fourth “Campaign School” in Austin on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 14-15, 2011.

Texas Farm Bureau:Vote for Me

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Show America the hard work of farming and ranching

Texas Farm Bureau: Hard working Texas farmers and Texas ranchers

By Gene Hall
Though some folks object to the sophistication of modern farming and ranching, it’s a fact that the people of the land have adapted to new tools, like computers. Time at the keyboard is essential, in terms of marketing, gathering intelligence on how political decisions impact the farm and so on. But—when you get right down to it, farming is still about hard, honest, difficult and at times, dirty work.

The American Farm Bureau Federation wants its members to show America what that kind of work is like. 

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