In Ag Race, Focus Not on the Farm

Farmers and ranchers in Texas are in trouble, according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture report, which is released every five years. Cropland and cattle herds are on the decline, and while the farmers and ranchers who tend them are rapidly aging, few are stepping into the fields behind them.

Nearly a month after the report's release, not one of the four candidates on the ballot to become the next state agriculture commissioner had read it. In the race, farming and ranching have often taken a back seat to other hot-button issues, like gun rights and ...

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