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The Texas Democratic Women Hoping to Give Republicans the Pink Slip

Former pilot Kim Olson, running for ag commissioner, has become a mentor to women running in 2018, organizing a conference, giving campaign advice and impressing the importance of women in politics.

On a dreary Saturday in late September, Kim Olson is building to the conclusion of her stump speech in front of a small crowd at a brewery in Wylie. She avoids ...Read More

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The Dark Horse of the Lubbock Farm Meeting Rides

An agriculture department meeting meant to elicit input from area produce growers was derailed by a government attorney with Nazis, sexism and sterilization on the brain.

A Texas Department of Agriculture meeting designed to gather input from Panhandle fruit and vegetable growers affected by new food safety regulations devolved i...Read More

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Investigation Finds Culprit in Panhandle ‘Chemical Drift’ Case, State Yet to Take Action

Texas Department of Agriculture investigators found that local crop duster pilot Jared Lambert sprayed pesticide that doused three dozen people in a tiny Panhandle town, but the agency has not issued any penalties.

It’s been nearly two years since an errant blast of a dangerous chemical doused the tiny Panhandle town of Quitaque, but the Texas Department of Agriculture (...Read More

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Death From Above

An Observer investigation finds that the Texas Department of Agriculture often allows serial offenders to keep flying despite hundreds of complaints.

People in Texas farm country say they are under assault from crop dusters indiscriminately spraying chemicals. An Observer investigation finds that the Texas De...Read More

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High on the Hog

Texas' Republican ag commissioner spent $55,000 outfitting his office with taxidermy and other bits of Wild West ephemera.

The Republican spent $55,000 outfitting his office with western-themed decor and various iterations of taxidermied wildlife....Read More

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