YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Surviving the storm
By Gene Hall
Farmers and ranchers survive many storms.
The most recent was winter storm Goliath. Record amounts of snowfall buried areas of the South Plains and Panhandle. Over 15,000 dairy cows perished. The number of beef cattle killed on the Plains is still being counted.
Some Texans and communities are still cleaning up from unprecedented flooding and tornadoes in recent months.
Yet, the men and women of agriculture move forward. Stories of survival and resiliency are compelling. The accounts of personal resolve inspire us.
We like inspiration. It fuels our passion for the people who work the land, who grow the food and fiber for our nation.
Other potential storm clouds are on the horizon. Market price volatility, strangling regulatory demands and unpredictable weather. Add foreign trade dynamics, animal health diseases and food safety outbreaks. And the list goes on.
Texas farmers and ranchers survive each storm. It’s what they do. Resilient. Committed. Inspiring.
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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