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Notes & Quotes: Study examines ways to increase marbling in beef without adding fat; consumer perceptions; good news for Ogallala

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Brad Johnson, a professor at Texas Tech University and an expert on skeletal growth in cattle, and Texas A&M professor Stephen B. Smith recently led a study examining ways to increase marbling in beef without increasing overall fatness.

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Collaborative Farming: Sharing resources and equipment helps farmers compete in markets with shrinking profit margins

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Independence is a virtue, but it doesn’t hurt anything to lean on somebody else for the common good. That’s the idea behind what’s being called collaborative farming, an idea that two heads — and operations — are sometimes better than one.
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Fiesta Chicken Salad

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A spicy, diverse dish

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Prairie Dog Lawyers

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We don’t usually mention lawyers when we talk about the hardships our pioneer ancestors endured on the Texas frontier, but we should. Being a pioneer anything meant doing without the civilities of civilization, at least in the short term. Frontier lawyers had to ply their trade without the luxury of, well, law.
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Farm Bureau, farmers big winners in state supreme court decision on ‘prior appropriations system’ of water allocation

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Things will be different along the Brazos River when the next drought hits, thanks to a Texas Supreme Court decision in February to let stand a lower court ruling that the state can’t divvy up water based on its own criteria during a drought, or any other time.
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The Devolving Longhorn: This iconic symbol of Texas is in far shorter supply than you might think

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The Texas longhorn is in decline, and we’re not talking about the University of Texas football team. The animal, which represents more than any other breed the heritage of the Texas cattle industry, is on The Livestock Conservancy’s “critically endangered” list.
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Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast

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A delicious way to savor spring's fruitful bounty
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Pardon Me: The Reign of Ma and Pa Ferguson

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It’s easy to make fun of Ma and Pa Ferguson in today’s enlightened times, when politicians allegedly can’t be bought and rarely if ever say or do anything stupid (again, allegedly). The Fergusons were different. They were friends of the farmer, the downtrodden and the convicted, but they were always loyal, first and foremost, to the highest bidder. We just don’t see elected officials like that anymore.
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Plenty of ag groups support the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but many others have good reasons to oppose it

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W hile agriculture has been one of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s  biggest supporters, National Farm Union President Roger Johnson said in a conference call last week that the industry is far from unanimous in its support of the agreement, which includes the United States and 11 other countries that collectively account for 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product.
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