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Posted on May 4, 2015 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Diversity best describes Texas agriculture

By Gene Hall

Diversity is a word flung around lightly—often misused for the purpose of the moment—but it is the best word to describe Texas agriculture.

The farmers and ranchers who grow your food are a diverse bunch. Some are large, others small. Some organic, some conventional. Grass fed, grain fed, the options stretch on.

We fill grocery stores with the sea of products they harvest. Look in the meat counter. Pork, lamb, duck, chickens, turkey. Don’t forget beef.

Fruits? Watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, apples, grapes, strawberries, blueberries. Citrus? Oranges, lemons and the best grapefruit in the world. Produce includes carrots, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage and onions!

Wheat for bread, canola for oil and corn and sorghum for cattle feed. And don’t forget sweet corn, fresh off the stalk with a little butter and salt.

Texas farmers and ranchers grow a variety of food for any taste.

I call them flexible, adaptable, diverse… And very, very good!

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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