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Conservation Agriculture: Geologist promoting soil ecology, soil health as way to sustain both crop yields and cropland

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David Montgomery is a geologist and university professor who spent six months last year visiting farms in this country and abroad as part of a book he’s writing about conservation agriculture. The book builds on a reoccurring theme in Montgomery’s work — the importance of soil, and not just to agriculture but to society and human health.

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Dozens of Texas landowners facing property condemnation lawsuits after pipeline gets federal approval

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An energy company building a pipeline through three counties in the Trans-Pecos region of the state recently served 45 landowners with condemnation suits, the latest in a series of battles that pits traditional Texas values of private property rights versus energy interests.
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Beer-Drinking Goat Becomes Mayor

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Few domesticated animals inspire as much love-hate responses in their owners as goats. As one (former) goat owner put it, “Sex-crazed and trouble-prone, there’s never a dull moment with goats around.”
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Chocolate Spice Ice Cream

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Ingredients

1 bar 100% Cacao chocolate

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Sam Houston’s Wild Child

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A couple of weeks ago we talked in this space about the “prairie dog lawyers” of the Texas Panhandle, brave and hardy pioneers who took it upon themselves to practice law in a lawless time and place, without even mentioning Temple Lea Houston. That’s like writing about rock and roll in the 1950s without bringing up the name of Elvis Presley.

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Seems Like Old Times: Bringing Hill Country land back to the way it was in the early 1800s earns conservation award

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When Richard Taylor and his late wife Sally Taylor bought some rugged and ragged property in Mason County in 2001, they already knew what the land could do for them, but they also wanted to know what they could do for the land.
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Grazing in the Round: Rotational grazing methods are good for pastures and rangeland – and your bottom line

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Not all that long ago vast herds of buffalo made their living off the expansive grasslands and prairies of this country. They grazed a patch of land, trampling and fertilizing it in the process, and then they left. The rains came. The buffalo returned.
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Peach Compote

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A bit of sweet to brighten any meal
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A Trip to ‘A Bald-Headed Whiskey Town’

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One of the first things Anglo settlers did when they got to the Panhandle was create a town near Sweetwater Creek. They called it called Hidetown.
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