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Bell Rings for Kinky in Agriculture Race
Former Dem governor hopeful endorses man that helped him lose in '06
DAILY News  May 7, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...What the hell has Chris Bell been smoking? The former Democratic US congressman has apparently endorsed Kinky Friedman in his party's primary run off for agriculture commissioner...."

Agriculture Commissioner
Everybody against Sid Miller
News Story  February 8, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Air Force colonel Kim Olson is unopposed in the Democratic primary. She's pledged to hit every Texas county to spread her message of regenerative agriculture, farmland preservation, and water policies that protect farmers' rights..."

Community-Supported Agriculture Pioneer
Postmarks  October 8, 2010
"...Dear Editor, After selling for 14 years at the various farmers' markets, I left that scene years ago and went the route of only selling as a community-supported agriculture farm. Since over the years the common theme was what the grower was reselling..."

The Future of Urban Agriculture
Will the City of Austin love its urban farms to death?
DAILY Food  May 17, 2013, by Anna Toon

Second Helpings: Community-Supported Agriculture
Food Column  October 24, 2003

Second Helpings: Community Supported Agriculture Subscription Farms
How to join community supported agriculture subscription farms.
Food Column  October 19, 2001

Farm Aid
Community supported agriculture: the proof is in the produce, and Central Texas consumers are noticing
Food Story  November 29, 2002, by Rachel Feit
"...What we share, however, is a commitment to fresh organic produce and a common source. We are all subscribers to Hairston Creek Farm's Community Supported Agriculture program..."

The Way of the 'Food Forest'
Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture
News Story  February 14, 2014, by Anna Toon
"...As green initiatives increase in popularity, the city of Austin maintains a complex relationship with urban agriculture. Many urban farm advocates viewed the controversial update to the urban farm code – which failed to include a proposed provision allowing for the processing of animals in single-family zoning – as a step back from sustainability..."

Feed Your Belly and Your Brain!
SXSW Eco preview: Food & Agriculture
Food Story  September 28, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...3-5, an international array of thinkers and doers, all focused on a sustainable future, descend upon our fair city to discuss the relationship between humans and the Earth. The Food and Agriculture component boasts rising stars, homegrown heroes, and connoisseurs of all things tasty and environmentally conscious..."

Nolan Ryan Pitching at Kinky Friedman?
The no-hitter king and the Jewish cowboy for ag commissioner
DAILY News  November 4, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...One out of every seven Texans works in or around the farming business, adding $100 billion to the state's economy. So, of course, the debate around who will be the next agriculture commissioner may come down to two musicians and a former pitcher...."

Sid Miller Is Ready For Some Hemp
Wingnut agriculture chief smells money in those weeds
News Story  December 13, 2018, by Mary Tuma
"...Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is anything but progressive; the recently re-elected Repub­lican is notorious for racist and offensive social media posts targeting Democrats. But when it comes to hemp production, he's happy to lean forward, urging Congress to pass the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes a measure to remove hemp from the list of federally controlled substances..."

Urban Roots' Emergency Harvest
Youth program donates crops to hunger relief
DAILY Food  May 29, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...For most of the eight years Austin's Urban Roots youth farm program has been in existence, the aspiring young farmers were taught how people who make their living in agriculture deal with drought conditions and water conservation issues. This week's Memorial Day flooding delivered a different set of lessons...."

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt are delightfully matched in this offbeat romantic comedy from the director of Chocolat.
Film Review  March 30, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Salmon Fishing stars Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) as Harriet, investment consultant to a wealthy Yemeni sheik (Waked) and tasked with turning his dream of fly-fishing in the desert into reality. To that end, she enlists resistant Alfred (McGregor), a sweater-vested pencil-pusher in the Department of Fisheries and Agriculture who considers the whole proposition total tosh..."

This Week in Campaign Fail
Gilbert campaign questions ag commiss Staples' election warning
DAILY News  June 15, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rick Perry standing in front of what looked like Soviet-era art at his Republican Party of Texas convention speech or Sarah Palin's plan to visit Margaret Thatcher – who now has clinical dementia. Just ask Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and challenger Hank Gilbert...."

Senate Committees Announced
Lt. Gov releases committee appointments with few changes for Travis delegation
DAILY News  January 30, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Robert Deuell, R-Greenville, on Criminal Justice.) Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, gets to chair the new full Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee...."

Perry Wears Egg
Agriculture Commissioner Takes It on the Chin
News Story  November 3, 1995
"...Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry doesn't have an egg on his face. It's more like a large omelette, complete with cheese, onions -- and since it involves Perry -- lots of ham..."

'Know Your Farmer': TOFGA Conference Badge Giveaway
2013 Texas Sustainable Farming Conference tickets are on sale now
DAILY Food  January 25, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...The nonprofit organization, Texas Organic Farmers and Gardener Association (TOFGA), provides a wealth of education and insight into the world of organic and sustainable agriculture...."

No Country For Old Horses?
Senate considers horse slaughter
DAILY News  July 16, 2012, by Jordan Smith
" slaughter plant operated in Kaufman, plant operators bought the small North Texas city a large American flag to place outside the American Legion Hall. In retrospect, that flag did nothing but to make "a mockery of our values," former Kaufman mayor Paula Bacon told the Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture & Rural Affairs...."

Kinky's Questions
Campaign consultant Colin Strother explains the Friedman Dem race switch
DAILY News  December 14, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...So why has Democrat Kinky Friedman jumped into the agriculture commissioner's race? An interesting conversation with Kinky's campaign consultant Colin Strother (best known locally as ex-campaign boss for Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin) fills in a lot of the blanks...."

White for Gov
Houston mayor jumps from senate race
DAILY News  December 4, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Shocking no one, Houston Mayor Bill White has jumped from the Senate to the Governor's race in the Democratic primary, triggering Hank Gilbert to withdraw to run for Agriculture Commissioner. For the superstitious, it's snowing down on the coast..."

Senate: Same Committees, Fewer Meetings
Upper chamber clears already light schedule before voter ID bust-up
DAILY News  March 10, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...In fact, the Senate is running well behind the number of committee meetings it had held by this time last session, and several committees (Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Business & Commerce, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, International Relations and Trade, and Natural Resources) have yet to meet...."

Victory Gardens Redux
A Resurgence of Urban Agriculture
Food Story  February 20, 2009, by MM Pack
"...City gardening with political overtones isn't a new idea. Urban agriculture has been around since the 18th century; its popularity waxes and wanes with economic tides..."

Vermont Votes Hemp
DAILY News  May 30, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Under the new law, farmers must be licensed by Vermont's Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets; hemp must be grown from seeds provided by the ag secretary, on land the secretary has approved for hemp production. And farmers must agree to submit to random inspection by the ag department and/or state police...."

Rio Grande No Longer?
An overview of the ecological crisis along the Rio Grande
News Story  October 26, 2001, by Dan Oko
"...It's a meeting place between tropical and subtropical ecosystems, and serves as a last frontier for many of these species."-- Without a Drop of Water If land use is a simmering topic along the border, the debate over water allocation is boiling. This is a region, after all, fond of the old saw often attributed to author Mark Twain: "Whisky is for drinking, water is for fighting." Water is the lifeblood of this region -- shaping not just the environment but industry, agriculture, and urban development as well..."

The Race Is to the Swift
In Texas, livestock are better vaccinated than children.
News Story  May 9, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...The TAHC soon logged a call from the office of state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, a member of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee, acting on behalf of his constituents, the owners of the Diamond R..."

Lone Stars Rising
The Lady Rancher: From Hogs to Boll Weevils
News Story  October 16, 1998, by Robert Bryce
"...Of the two candidates, Combs is a lot more appealing than Rylander. Barring some major misstep in her campaign against Democrat Pete Patterson (see story), Combs, 52, will be the next agriculture commissioner..."

SXSW Panels: Woke Food
SXSW food track navigates contemporary food systems
DAILY Food  March 14, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...According to statistics cited by panelists Jane Francisco of Good Housekeeping, Sam Kass of Innit, Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Jennifer Benuso of Whirlpool, 40% of food that passes through the supply chain isn’t eaten. 25% of the water used in agriculture production is used to grow food that is never eaten..."

Sunset II
Ag Department Cleans House
News Story  June 30, 1995
"...At long last, the Reagan revolution has reached the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Dominated through most of the 1980s by populist politician- turned radio commentator Jim Hightower, the agency had little chance to deregulate when everybody else was doing it..."

Communication Breakdown
Does the closure of HausBar Farms spell trouble for the urban farming movement?
Food Story  April 12, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...The Austin City Council will soon be asked to revisit what it means to be an urban farm. For everything from increased access to locally produced foods to reduced crime rates, many look to urban farms to resolve issues of food insecurity in low-income neighborhoods. Austin's burgeoning urban agriculture movement provides ample opportunities to positively impact the community at large..."

City's Urban Ag Effort Struggles to Take Root
Bureaucracy may be reason for program's stunted growth
News Story  April 12, 2013, by Mike Kanin
"...In May 2011, Council members created the position of a sustainable urban agriculture and community gardens coordinator within the city's Parks and Recreation Depart­ment, and Jake Stewart was tapped for the job. By that point Stewart was an Austin vet..."

The Future of Food Is Now
From drones to cricket flour to apps designed to make food deserts extinct, social justice is at the intersection of food and technology
Screens Story  February 28, 2014, by Melanie Haupt
"...The first step, argues Dr. Dev Shrestha, associate professor of agriculture at the University of Idaho, is to incorporate robotics into the work of farming..."

If local eggs are outlawed, will only outlaws have eggs?
Food Story  November 27, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Inspired by sustainable agriculture advocate Joel Salatin of Polyface farm in Virginia, Alexan­der utilizes organic and sustainable practices on his farm but declines to have his property certified organic because he doesn't want the government or any other agency involved in his business. He's a hardworking, self-reliant Christian man who chooses to homeschool his children and make his own vegetable oil fuel to run the farm machinery...."

Fear & Loathing
Travis County says goodbye to a coyote-killing machine
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...It's part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Ser­vices, which originated as the Bureau of Biological Survey in 1915 to kill predators for the livestock industry..."

SXSW Panels: The Future of Food and Drink
Highlights from the 2017 food track
DAILY Food  March 12, 2017, by Emily Beyda
"...But the food system is undergoing a shift, so too should food media, and these writers are interested in bridging the gap between these two kinds of writing, doing work that is both consumer focused and centered on policy. Politico senior food and agriculture policy reporter Helena Bottemiller-Evich talked about a 3,000-word piece she wrote about the history of agricultural research; she thought no one would read it but it’s totally caught on, “Because we told the story in a way that connected people with the way they consumed packaged salads..."

Big Food Ideas
Foodie intellectual Michael Pollan lectures at the Paramount
Food Story  November 2, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...Or, not getting to the right people. So we have this weird situation of people starving and people overweight at the same time as a result of the same system." Pollan goes on to explain the more drought-resistant tendencies of organic soil, but he stresses that of utmost importance is the concept of diversified agriculture..."

Letters @ 3AM
The United States failed because its people overvalued their ideals and undervalued their resources
Columns  October 26, 2007, by Michael Ventura
"...Let us take, as just one example, agriculture. By 2007, technological innovations in agriculture were so efficient that a Kansas farmer with 7,000 acres required only two full-time year-round employees..."

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature
Understanding the Science
Food Story  August 5, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with the responsibility of evaluating whether altering a crop so that it produces its own pesticide is safe for both the environment and human consumption. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) checks to see if the plant grows the way the manufacturer says it will..."

News Story  October 16, 1998, by the Editorial Staff
"...Though little known, the budget-writing LBB is a powerful, bipartisan outfit which Sharp is a natural choice to lead; he was, after all, the state's chief revenue estimator and tax collector for eight years. Even the conservative Farm Bureau has endorsed Sharp over his GOP opponent, sitting Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry..."

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...The vision developer Sean Garretson has for the site, currently a tangle of mesquite and chigger-filled tall grasses, is a far cry from the boxy subdivisions that have devoured farmland between Austin and Manor. Instead, it will combine sustainable agriculture, cooperative ownership and governance, and the preservation of local culture in one 24-acre parcel – if all the moving pieces fit into place...."

SXSW Eco Returns
Panelists take a variety of approaches to environmentalism
News Story  October 1, 2015, by Jessi Cape
"...In its fifth year, the SXSW Eco Conference offers a collaborative forum for sorting out the tricky crossroads of ecology and economy, biology and technology, policy and activism. From cellular agriculture to reproductive rights, the conversations on how to save the (big, big) world are really getting good...."

'Chronicle' Endorsements
News Story  February 14, 2014
"...Yet she is also a staunch defender of process, tradition, and fairness in Senate operations. Under Van de Putte, we can honestly see the upper chamber returning to the collegiate atmosphere of restrained diplomacy that, until recently, defined its approach to lawmaking. Agriculture Commissioner (DEM): Hugh Fitzsimons..."

Urban Farm Debate Intensifies
UPDATED: Council postpones vote on revised ordinance
DAILY Food  October 17, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...Widely regarded as a pillar of innovative and sustainable urban agriculture, the closure of HausBar Farms (see “Communication Breakdown,” April 12) has sparked a vigorous debate on appropriate land use in East Austin. Shut down by the city for unintentionally operating without proper permits, the narrative of HausBar Farms shed a harsh light on an outdated and confusing urban farm code in desperate need of revision..."

'Rewriting the Rules of the Food System'
Q & A with author and activist Raj Patel
DAILY Food  November 30, 2012, by Jessi Cape
"...AC: Can sustainable agriculture really help bridge the gap between obesity and starvation- such as your book, Stuffed and Starved, discusses- leading to a more balanced scenario? How do organics, specifically, play a role in this?..."

Naked City
News Story  November 24, 2006
"...• George Nash of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was on hand at last week's Travis Co..."

To Your Health
When organic produce is not available or is too expensive, are those grown in water or in greenhouses less likely to be contaminated with pesticides?
Columns  August 18, 2006, by James Heffley, Ph.D.
"...Several states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture all have some type of standard that must be met before food can be labeled "organic," but at present, nongovernmental certifying agencies tend to have the highest criteria...."

On Organics
Rachel Feit lets you in on everything you need to know about the organic-food industry.
Food Story  May 2, 2003, by Rachel Feit
"...Ever in the thick of a fray, Texas is down in the dirt with the fast pack. Here are some facts about organic agriculture in Texas:..."

Natural Selection
Responding to market demands and consumer pressure, Whole Foods decides to banish genetically modified ingredients from its store-brand product lines.
News Story  January 28, 2000, by Dan Oko
"...In a state like Texas, where agriculture forms the second-largest industry, Whole Foods' effort to winnow out the results of controversial biotechnology marks a trend that could have widespread impacts, not just for consumers but for big business and the environment as well...."

GE Foods: Getting to Know More
Food Story  August 5, 1999
"..."Most Americans accept science in agriculture not as something that is creating a monster but as something that is making food better and safer."..."

Killer Green Information Environmental BBSs
BBS Basics
News Story  April 28, 1995, by R.U. Steinberg
"...Want a great selection of discussion groups? The sysops will take requests for any of the more than 600 FidoNet groups in existence. As far as the environmentally related goes, they already have a handful: ecology, fishing, gardening, sustainable agriculture, and home power, which recently has covered subjects such as convection heat, diesel fuel alternatives, and natural gas generation...."

Lege Lines: Eric Johnson Prevails Over Racist Confederate Plaque
No more Confederate nonsense, Empower Texans gets a pass, and the first-ever LGBTQ Caucus
News Story  January 17, 2019, by Nina Hernandez, Sarah Marloff, Austin Sanders and Mary Tuma
"...Texas Wants in on the Hemp Game: In its interim report released last week, the Texas House Com­mit­tee on Agriculture and Livestock urged lawmakers to make way for the legalization of industrial hemp as bipartisan consensus continues to emerge on the subject at the state and national levels. "While hemp has the potential to be a major boon to the Texas economy, the window for maximum market capture is narrowing as more than half of the states have already enacted hemp legislation, [and] at least 19 are actively cultivating," the report reads...."

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