YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Texas agricultural products are everywhere
By Gene Hall
Agriculture is the best kept secret in Texas. From the field to the jobs it creates, Texas agriculture is unique.
I bet cucumbers don’t come to mind when you think of Lone Star agriculture. Strawberries? Asparagus? We have those, too. And there are pumpkins, watermelons and all sorts of vegetables.
The Texas 1015 onion is renowned for its sweetness. Carrots? You bet. The Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit has achieved mythic status in the world of citrus. Texas tree farmers are very proud of the renewable product that flows out of the Piney Woods.
Of course, we have an unparalleled livestock industry. Acres and acres of cotton keep the world in natural fiber comfort. Those red fields of grain sorghum and millions of bushels of corn are part of the picture. Those are our most visible crops.
The byproduct of all this is jobs. About one in seven folks who work in Texas is involved in getting the bounty of the land to you every day. Even when you’re not thinking about it.
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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