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Departments Operations

The Rice Networks

HOW TEXAS BECAME A RICE PRODUCING STATE By Robyn Metcalfe Shortly after returning from Madagasgar, I was eating drum fish with steamy white rice at Austin’s popular Fonda San Miguel, and I realized my trip had changed my perspective. Most diners would find the fresh fish the most tantalizing item on the plate, but I […]Read More

Departments Executive Education

The Land Stewards of Texas

COMMON TRAITS OF SUCCESSFUL RANCHES  By Rick Machen, Ph.D. & Clay Mathis, Ph.D. According to the latest tally, there are over 4,000 ranches and farms registered in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage Program, each having been in agriculture for at least 100 years. What makes those ranches successful? In 1939, John Nye’s […]Read More

Departments Leadership

Millennials and the Future of American Agriculture

HIGHLIGHTING MILLENNIAL VALUES TO SOLVE AGRICULTURE’S RECRUITING PROBLEM  By Bob McClaren  While there’s no doubt food production and ranching are essential to human existence, the agricultural industry faces a recruiting challenge. As baby boomers look toward retirement and millennials take their places in the workforce, leaders in agriculture must learn how to entice these young […]Read More


Tasting the Sweet Water

THE VISION & PASSION BEHIND AQUAPONICS AT AGUA DULCE Photography by Jonathan Garza The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations forecasts food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to be ready for the steadily increasing world population. A combination of flat crop yields, new crop diseases, urbanization and soil […]Read More


Deep Roots In The Heart of Texas: The Kaspar Family’s

Photography by Shannon Drawe Just outside of Yoakum in South Central Texas, a gravel road to the Augustus Ranch winds past long grasses in bloom, cattle in the colors of the earth, and a working windmill ending at the home of Dennis and Cordelia Kaspar. The Kaspar family has been raising cattle for many generations. […]Read More