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Safe. From our farm to your table.

Safe. From our farm to your table.

By Shannon Sparks

Being a mother isn’t always easy. But it’s always worth it.

You want the best for your children, but sometimes you question the decisions you make. Do we buy the expensive baby swing or do we opt for the more economical one? What are the right food choices for nutrition and safety? Am I teaching my children the proper skills at the proper time?

The one thing I’ve always known was right was the decision my husband and I made to raise our children on our farm.

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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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Celebrating foods and fibers and the men and women who grow them

Celebrating foods and fibers and the men and women who grow them

By Gene Hall

Organic. Conventional. Natural. Modern. Local. Grassfed. Grainfed. The choices are endless for consumers when it comes to food and the farmers and ranchers who grow it.

Confusion often reigns as some with evangelical zeal turn up their noses at how you like to eat. Scare tactics are used by everyone from multi-billion-dollar corporations like Chipotle, fond of slamming modern agriculture in their marketing efforts, to animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States with their vegan agenda, to scores of individuals who use the Internet as a platform to advance some flavor of the month cause.

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Farmers started daylight saving time? More pop culture nonsense

Farmers started daylight saving time?  More pop culture nonsense

By Gene Hall

A friend pointed out recently that a comic named Pete Holmes took a cheap shot at farmers. He blames them for Daylight Saving Time (DST) and acts out a few unfortunate caricatures.

I won’t post the link because we have rules about certain language here. I’m not trying to be judgmental. It was humor, not history, but our rules are what they are. The clip is easy enough to find on YouTube.

This guy is not the first and won’t be the last to sucker punch the reputation of farmers and ranchers. Hey, that sums up Chipotle’s marketing plan. I don’t want to overreact, but farmers aren’t responsible for Daylight Saving Time.

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Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA

Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA

By Mike Barnett

Big Brother is watching the farm and his name is EPA.

In this age of free-flowing information, when most anything can be found in cyberspace, it’s a little disconcerting that government knows the most intimate details of your family, finances and business. It’s downright alarming when they release that information to those who might do you harm.

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released personal information about thousands of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in 20 states in response to Freedom of Information Act requests from three environmental organizations. The massive data release included home phone numbers, home emails, employee contact information, home addresses, GPS coordinates and, in some cases, personal notes about the families, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).

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