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‘Bring the heat’ on Congress at home!

‘Bring the heat’ on Congress at home!

It is really hot in Texas. No kidding—but then it is August. Not coincidentally, Congress is at home for recess. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) wants its members to make things just a little hotter for those elected officials when they get back to their districts.

The question is, just when does refusing to compromise, on anything, put their jobs at risk? Where is the accountability? We’ve got most of the same problems we had a year ago. There is no sense of urgency—no inclination to cast the tough vote or make the right decision for the country.

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The bond between farm communities remains strong

The bond between farm communities remains strong

By Gene Hall

West, Texas is less than half an hour from the Texas Farm Bureau headquarters in Waco. We watched with horror the news accounts of the April 17 explosion and grieved at the deaths of 15 gallant first responders.

Not too many decades ago, farm communities were isolated and very much dependent on each other. There were group activities like building homes and barns or sharing equipment and labor. Today, farmers are more business-oriented and advanced communication has shrunk the world for everyone. However, you only have to see one disaster in a small farming community like West to see the embers of the agriculture community spirit burst into a burning passion to help.

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Has anyone else noticed?

Has anyone else noticed?

By Vernie Glasson

Something is “bugging me,” and I wonder if anyone else gets “bugged” as I do? That is, too many activist groups and so-called think tanks get the media’s attention by being naysayers!

You know the type. They are mostly boisterous and, often times, just plain rude. They are regulars on TV and radio talk shows, contributors to newspaper editorial pages and Internet jockeys. They rant on everything from backrooms to boardrooms and bedrooms to emergency rooms. We’ve got them, right here in Texas.

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Food safety is our top priority

Food safety is our top priority

By John Paul Dineen III

My family is in the business of agriculture, helping to feed the people of our state, nation and world. I farm and ranch full time on the Blacklands of North Central Texas.  My wife, Heather, and I and our four children call Ellis County home, where we farm 1,800 acres of dryland crops. We also have a small commercial cow-calf operation.

Texas Food Connection Week, Feb. 17 -23, is being celebrated across the Lone Star State. I would like to talk with you about how we grow that food and the steps we take to ensure that food is safe, wholesome and nutritious.

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Making the connection: Texas Food Connection Week

Making the connection: Texas Food Connection Week

By Kenneth Dierschke

In a time when just a few keystrokes into Google can reveal the answer to many of life’s most interesting questions, many Americans are still unsure of the origins of the foods they delight in each and every day. The truth is, the one thing Google and other search engines can’t share with you is the detail of the countless hours, sweat, tears, stress and pride that go into providing Americans with the world’s best, and most readily available, food supply.

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