They may not be driving busses, serving food or teaching lessons, but Texas farmers and ranchers help students return to the classroom this month.

"From school supplies to clothing and food, Texas agriculture is an extremely important aspect of education," Jule Richmond, Brown County Farm Bureau president, said. "It's easy to overlook, but a successful classroom wouldn't exist without the help of farmers and ranchers."

East Texas timber can be found throughout schools in the Lone Star State in the form of pencils, paper and furniture,Jule said.

Soybeans, another Texas crop grown in the Rio Grande Valley and other parts of the state, is used to make pencil erasers, crayons and finger paints.

Richmond noted Texas cotton also has its place in the classroom. Jeans, socks, t-shirts and other back-to-school clothing are made from the crop.

"While students will digest a lot of interesting information over the next nine months, they will also need to consume nutritious foods," Richmond said. "Texas farmers and ranchers continually grow the highest quality meats, fruits and vegetables to ensure students are properly nourished and ready to grow both physically and intellectually."

Richmond also encouraged local high school students to apply for scholarships and participate in the youth activities through Texas Farm Bureau. More information is available at


Planet Ag exhibit brings farm life to the city


Explore agriculture and cultivate conversations this fall as Texas Farm Bureau's (TFB) Planet Agriculture exhibit gets ready to kick off another show season.

Brown County residents can experience the exhibit themselves at fairs across the Lone Star State. They can explore agriculture through the exhibit's interactive games, videos, demonstrations and presentations.

"Planet Agriculture is a great way for kids and adults to engage and reconnect with agriculture," Jule Richmond, Brown County Farm Bureau president, said. "They can talk to farmers and ranchers. They can ask questions and test their knowledge on computer games. The exhibit just opens the door to the wide world of Texas agriculture."

Planet Agriculture highlights livestock and agricultural crops grown in Texas. It also shows how agriculture plays a role in almost everything Texans do,Jule noted.

"It's agriculture at your fingertips," Richmond said. "The interactive exhibit allows visitors to learn where their food, fiber and fuel come from and experience agriculture in a new way."

Kids and adults can visit the exhibit at the East Texas State Fair in Tyler from Sept. 20-29, the State Fair of Texas in Dallas from Sept. 27-0ct. 20 and the Heart 0' Texas Fair & Rodeo in Waco from Oct. 3-13.

For more information on Planet Agriculture, visit