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***ONLINE EXCLUSIVE*** Insight from the Intern

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Hi, my name is Jessica Vogel and I would like to give you some insight on my internship at the North Texas Farm & Ranch magazine! I am attending Nocona High School and will be starting as a sophomore this upcoming school year. When I began my freshman year I realized that with becoming a high school student comes a question you will continuously hear: What do you want to be when you grow up? I am always left with the same answer: I have no clue.

Growing up I was always around agriculture. Whether it be helping my dad water the garden or taking care of my show pigs, agriculture was a huge part in my life. I was always a very outdoorsy girl and sitting in a deer blind with my dad was my idea of a good time. I always knew that I was going to grow up and work in the agriculture industry, but at the age of eight I didn’t know how many branches there were to the business. I also didn’t know that I would fall in love with journalism. If I weren’t outside you could find me curled up with a book, and since elementary school I was known as the girl who could read all day and write all night! However, journalism and agriculture are two extremely different things, and I was heartbroken when I thought that I would have to choose between my two passions. Then my mother, Jennifer Vogel, informed me about the North Texas Farm & Ranch Magazine. I always knew about the magazine; if you grow up around cattle you will always see one or two copies in your dad’s pickup truck, but I never imagined thinking about a job there! As you now know, I was born learning about agriculture and I never considered how people who weren’t raised on a farm or ranch learned about farm and ranching. Everything I learned I was taught by family or by experience, but what about the people who don’t have that luxury? That’s where North Texas Farm & Ranch comes in.

On my first day the most important thing I learned was that North Texas Farm & Ranch magazine was built on the principles of accurate and truthful information. Before the magazine is released to the public they reach out to reliable sources to ensure that the information they receive is factual and precise. Although the magazine is based in North Texas, people from all over, even other states, enjoy reading it and look forward to each month’s new issue. NTFR helps people who are brand new to the world of farming and ranching who are looking for information; even looking through one issue can help them discover many sources for various subjects. Interning at NTFR has helped me see just how far agriculture goes and how many jobs are available in the industry; you just have to think outside the box. The field of agriculture is so much more than plowing a field or hauling a load of cattle; agriculture can be found in art and writing. Interning at NTFR has opened my eyes to careers that I never knew existed! This experience will help me decide what career will suit me best, and for that I will always be thankful!

Thanks for reading,

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When a City Girl Goes Country

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By Annette Bridges

It was one of those necessary, yet very sad days in the life of a cattle rancher. We had to say goodbye to our bull, Frankie. We returned from the agonizing drive, and I felt compelled to sit down and ponder how to write an ode to a very good bull.

I have read all the rationale on when it is time to retire a bull. The average age for many ranchers is around eight years. Our Frankie was beyond his prime. We probably knew last year it was about time for him to retire. His lack of enthusiasm when he returned to the herd after his spring hiatus was a clue.

The very slow start to our spring calving this year, and cows that never conceived confirmed what we did not want to admit last year. It was time. Frankie was a handsome and gentle giant. A Charolais mix, but he could be fierce if he felt threatened.

To read more, pick up a copy of the May issue of NTFR. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Lacey’s Pantry

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Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning or 2-3 Tbsp
homemade taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
16 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
4 oz. can diced green chilies, undrained
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk
1 Tbsp flour
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 Roma tomato, sliced thinly

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, then brown the ground beef. Drain.
Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef and 2/3 cup water. Stir well and let sauce thicken.
Transfer the ground beef to the prepared baking dish, spreading it into an even layer. Sprinkle the diced green chilies over the ground beef layer. Combine the shredded cheeses and sprinkle them over the ground beef and chilies. Set aside.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks, placing the egg whites in a medium-sized bowl, and the yolks into a separate medium-sized bowl. Add the heavy cream, flour, salt and cayenne pepper to the yolks. Whisk to combine.

To read more, pick up the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

This month western meets safari with this fun army green jumpsuit. I love a good jumpsuit that is simple but stylish and can be accessorized in so many ways. This one especially caught my eye because of the western yoke detail. See this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com

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