Seems like you have plenty of business experience yourself but I didn't see this idea in the comments below:
You have lots of sun and lots of land. I'd support job creation and biodiesel production by growing hemp. Not sure if Industrial Hemp is legal to grow in Texas (I would assume so if you filed a license with the DEA/FDA to grow), though.
But, I have a hunch that your family still thinks "hemp" is "marijuana," and will hate the idea.
If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
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