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The Texas Side of Things

If you will recall, in the March 15, 2024 issue of this paper, I wrote about how proud I was to be a part of the agriculture sector and explained all of the wonderful ways the agricultural family comes to the aid of those who need help. In this week’s issue, I want to acknowledge the teachers, especially the ag teachers, for what they do bypreparing the next generation for what’s to come. This is a picture of my college roommate, Glen Hughes, who has taught ag for 32 years. It was an honor for Vicki and me to attend the ...

Texas Trails

Wrong Way Corrigan There is a right way to do something and there is a wrong way, but sometimes the wrong way is the only way. Thes saga of Daniel “Wrong Way” Corrigan, who made a transatlantic flight from New York to Dublin in 1938 by flying the wrong way, is ...

Texas Trails

Arthur Stilwell and his brownies There was something contrary to ordinary about Arthur Edward Stilwell, the man who founded Port Arthur, Texas and for whom the city is named. People said he was “pixilated” but they only said that because Stilwell said it first.  An old Funk and Wagnall’s dictionary ...

Just Your Standard Bull

                  Tomorrow will be Tuesday, April 22. I will be boarding a plane to Kansas City at 9:30 am to attend meetings for the American International Charolais Association (AICA) on Wednesday and Thursday. I am currently serving as president and to say there is a lot going on there would be ...

Weighing The Market

Avian Influenza adds market uncertainty Supply fundamentals remain bullish despite recent pressure on Cattle Futures tied to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in dairy cattle (see below). Cattle price expectations continued to rise in March as cattle numbers decline. Compared to the previous month, USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) increased ...

Texas Side of Things

As I have often claimed, “Castell, Texas is the Center of the Universe”, and once again, I am correct! This past Monday, a once-in-a-lifetime event happened when the total eclipse traveled over Central Texas around 1:32 p.m.  and lasted for approximately four minutes.  Locals in the Hill Country didn’t really know what ...

Texas Trails

Close call in Camp Wood An airplane landed in the middle of the little community of Camp Wood, in the Texas Hill Country, in 1924. This was one of the biggest events in the history of that little town, but the wider world didn’t pay a bit of attention until ...

Texas Trails

The Saga of Doak Good Just after the demise of the great buffalo herds and the Comanches, but before towns or vestiges of civilization popped up on the Llano Estacado, a few hardy individuals claimed that vast and lonesome land as their own. Doak Good was one of those people. ...

Just Your Standard Bull

March 25—I am writing to you today from unsunny North Central Arkansas at the beautiful Chimney Rock Cattle Co, Concord, Arkansas. My clean clothes are running low and my bracket is busted, but in a few more days, I’ll make it home for Easter weekend.             If you missed the Texas ...

Texas Trails

One of the first great aviation events in Texas was the arrival of a flying contraption known as the Vin Fiz Flyer, which landed in Fort Worth on Oct. 17, 1911, as part of what became the world’s first Atlantic-to Pacific airplane flight.  A wealthy and rambunctious young adventurer named ...