I had an opportunity to go Texas recently for a continuing education meeting. When I arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to get my connecting flight to San Antonio, I got the impression that the people of Texas took a lot of pride in the fact that they are from Texas. Everywhere I looked, I saw either a Dallas Cowboys star or a Texas flag. Even in San Antonio you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting the Lone Star flag.If there was an award for most state pride, though, I think the people of Texas should get it. They say, “It ain‘t braggin’ if it’s true,” and I guess they’ve got a point. Everything is bigger in Texas, even the numbers. There are 14 million head of cattle in Texas. That’s more cows than the population of 46 states.

But the people involved in Texas agriculture are honestly taking quite a beating right now. Texas is in the throes of a drought the likes of which have never been seen before in the history of the state. Crop failures were the rule this year, not the exception. Cattle herds are being liquidated as fast as they can get them to the slaughterhouse since there is no feed available.