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Area native co-authors book on farm life

July 22, 2011

Agriculture is an important part of our world, especially in a lot of West Texas communities. Just how important that role is is portrayed in a new book, “Agriculture on the High Plains.”

Samantha Yates Borgstedt, a Texas Tech graduate and employee of Cotton Economics Research Institute, teamed with Darren Hudson, Director of Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech, to compile a book highlighting the importance of the agricultural industry.

“Dr. Hudson and I feel the view the general public is receiving of the agriculture industry is misleading. When most of the American public thinks of agriculture, they think of large corporations using harmful chemicals and destroying the environment,” Borgstedt said. “However, if they took the time to drive down any of the roads running through Howard County or any of its surrounding counties, they would see second-, third-, or fourth-generation farmers tending the land the best their resources allow. And if they took a little more time to visit with these farmers, they would see calluses on their hands, maybe some sweat on their brow and a great pride in their voice.”

While researching for the book, Borgstedt and Hudson decided to use the Texas High Plains as their example because of the diverse production systems, business strategies and the roles of supporting industries.

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