YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
New Year brings hope, opportunity
By Gary Joiner
You’re making a list, and checking it twice. But not for Christmas gifts.
It’s that time for New Year’s resolutions, even for farmers and ranchers. To build those fences. Save to buy that new tractor. And the age-old resolution—shed a few pounds.
But the New Year is more than just resolutions. It’s a time for reflection on one heck of a year for Texas agriculture.
Farmers and ranchers faced extreme weather. They faced a weak economy, working long hours for marginal returns.
But this year did bring some good news for farmers. The 2018 Farm Bill was signed, and a new clean water rule, which offers more clarity and lessens federal jurisdiction, was proposed.
As we embark on the New Year, we look forward to a fresh start to help carry farmers and ranchers forward—through highs and lows—to a bright future for Texas. And for you and me.
Happy New Year!
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