The 2011 World Series is already in full swing, but the excitement reaches a fever pitch tomorrow when the Texas Rangers step onto their home turf in Arlington to slug it out with the St. Louis Cardinals. As fans watch the action on the field, they should know that, along with producing a powerhouse baseball team, Texas also is a major player in the world of agriculture. In fact, the products of agriculture – from timber and leather to cotton and beef – help make baseball possible.

“Baseball is known as America’s pastime, and agriculture is America’s lifeblood,” said Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “In Texas, agriculture is a $100 billion industry that keeps our state and nation running strong. As we cheer for the Rangers here in Texas, let’s also root for our heroes in another field who go to bat every day to help feed and clothe us.”