Over a hundred years ago, my great-great-great-grandmother, Rachel Hudgins, survived the Runaway Scrape, and as a single mother and widow, built a ranching stronghold in Wharton County that still stands today. Today's ranchers and land-owners face their own battles that are different, no less challenging. I cherish history and heritage - but I also believe innovation is the key to future success. Through faith, courage, and hard work - I believe agriculture's best days are still yet to come. By opening our gates to change, expanding our horizons to strategic visions for the future, and to rolling up our sleeves and working together - we will build a better future for generations to come. We simply have to choose to do it.