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Same interests, new location

Same interests, new location

By Gene Hall

Change is good. A chance to update and refresh is exactly what’s needed every now and then.

That time has come for Texas Agriculture Talks. This column represents the final new entry of the long-running blog. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and reacting to Texas Agriculture Talks as much as we’ve enjoyed crafting the columns over the years.

When Mike Barnett and I started Texas Agriculture Talks 10 years ago, our goal was to challenge the “conventional wisdom” on agricultural issues. Mike is enjoying his retirement now, but he has my thanks for his tremendous contributions on this groundbreaking blog.

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Let’s have an open dialogue

Let’s have an open dialogue

By Lee and Jennifer Brown

On a recent trip to SeaWorld in San Antonio, my family and I witnessed a display of protest against the company for its practices. Those protestors claimed SeaWorld used practices that are cruel to the animals they house.

But what about all of the animals they save? If they hadn’t been rescued by SeaWorld, they probably wouldn’t have survived in a wild habitat.

A couple of years ago on a Texas Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Fall Tour, we had the opportunity to take a “behind the scenes” tour of the San Antonio facility. We saw the tanks they use for rehabilitation and performance shows. It was pretty amazing.

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Investing in Texas beef

Investing in Texas beef

By Lee Brown

It’s not often we’re given the opportunity to directly decide the future of our industry. But next week, Texas cattlemen and women can do just that by voting in the Texas Beef Checkoff referendum.

No matter the size of the operation, we are facing many challenges—some of which are out of our control.

But here’s the chance for Texas beef producers to take charge, strengthen our industry and ensure a bright future for ourselves and the next generation of cattlemen.

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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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