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Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Farmers, ranchers are environmental stewards

By Gene Hall

To some it’s just a field. To others, a dusty patch alongside the road. But to farmers and ranchers, soil is so much more.

It’s potential. For new growth. And a future.

That’s why they work to protect it. Using conservation practices like strip-till and no-till. Or planting cover crops and building terraces.

Because farmers and ranchers are environmental stewards. Keeping the soil in mind as they grow the next crop.

It’s a tradition they pass on to the next generation. To leave the land in better shape. And to find ways to improve it.

Spring is a strong reminder of this.

The Texas landscape transforms as the state’s farmers and ranchers—with the help of gentle rains and warmer temperatures—bring the fields to life.

And keeps them going.

Because what we eat, wear and use all depends on soil health. That’s why farmers and ranchers don’t treat it like dirt.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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