Editorial comment ///

I’ve covered technology advances in the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years. As such, I never thought I would write a column on this topic, if I couldn’t vouch for the source—my own sister. Here’s the story and why I’m sticking to it. My sister and her late husband first acquired 20 acres of farmland far west of Houston about 10 years ago. My brother-in-law had earned a PhD in soil chemistry, and farming was his first love. My sister graduated with a fine arts degree and, subsequently, became a master tree technician. The couple used the farmland to grow Indian herbs and also built a green house, a fruit orchard and a beehive. They even raised a few head of cattle. Subsequently, they acquired two additional nearby pieces of farmland of about 15–20 acres each.

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