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Wordless Wednesday: When Controversy Strikes

Remember back in July when I posted the slaughter blog?

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*March is when Ellen Page and I had a discussion about organic farms.

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Giveaway: Air Plant

There is the cutest store in downtown Chico. It’s called Home Ec, it has adorable etsy type things, and the owner is super nice.

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Anyway she carries all kinds of air plants.

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I just love air plants! It’s the one plant I manage not to kill in my office.

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I know it’s not a ranch product but I am totally enamored with them right now, so this week’s giveaway is this air plant.

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All you have to do to enter is comment on my blog, any post from now to next Tuesday. I’ll use random.org to pick my winner. Good luck!!!

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My Ass in Skinny Jeans Made It on FOX Sports. Oh Aaron Rodgers and The Make Are in It Too

Remember a couple months ago I posted The Make’s music video? Well today FOX Sports posted this:

It’s about Aaron Rodgers and Chico. It’s pretty awesome.

Seriously these are the nicest people in the world. This is really what it is like to be around them. And Chico, California is a lovely college town with good food. If you haven’t checked The Make out, you should. For reals. I have some fun video of a live show they did on my youtube channel.

OK, OK, I know you want to see my ass. So In the video at 4:44 look to the left, I’m in green.

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Wordless Wednesday: Varmints

This blog is by my Dad. He is very proud of this picture. What he didn’t wanted shared was the fact he got attacked by the Mama raccoon and both he and his dogs had to hide in the truck like nancy girls. Notice this is a live trap. The raccoons are moved away from the ranch, further up into the mountains.

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Dairy Rap

I don’t know who this farmer is but this is freaking hysterical. I want to do a beef/rock version. Who wants to help?

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Old News

This is my Dad! One of my earliest memories of my Dad is of him doing this exact same thing, but on a different Ranch. This is from the Oroville Mercury-Register, Thursday, May 7, 1987.

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Wordless Wednesday: You Can Take the Girl Out of the Country…..

As part of my “seeing what real life was like” (that means life off the Ranch) I wanted to learn to skateboard. At age 27, I learned how to longboard. Then I promptly taught Hoot the Cowdog to pull me.

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My Shameless Attempt at Self Promotion: Ranch Giveaways

Obviously I want to share my agricultural life with people – hence the blog. I am always looking for new ways to connect with other producers and especially looking for ways to connect with my consumers. I noticed other bloggers doing giveaways on their blogs. I think that is a marvelous idea! I’ve done a couple of my facebook, and they garnered a lot of interest and participation. Plus everyone likes free stuff!!!

Since my facebook is private to most people I’ve decided to move the giveaways to my blog. What will I be giving away you ask? Well that depends on many factors – location of my winner, what is ripe on the ranch, what little crafty project I am working on. I promise you my giveaways will be random and interesting.

Without any further delay let’s start the giveaways!

This giveaway is for a jar of our honey.

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How do you win? Easy, just leave a comment on my blog from now, August 16, 2011, to August 23, 2011. Next week I’ll put all the names in a hat and pick my winner at random. Added bonus if your comment requests a blog post about a ranch topic! And you can leave a comment on any post within this blog – I will count them all!

Good Luck!!!!

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Fun Ag Facts IV

Every couple of months I go back through my facebook and gather all my fun ag facts that I post there. Here is number 4. Enjoy!

fun ag fact of the day: A lemon at room temperature will yield more juice.

fun ag fact of the day: Vegetables account for more than 70% of the nitrates in a typical human diet. Cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, spinach and root vegetables (potatoes, beets, turnips, etc) contain higher amounts of nitrates than other plant foods. About 6% of the exposure comes from meat and meat products; which sodium nitrate is used as a preservative and color-enhancing agent. – from the Bureau of Environmental Health Health Assessment Section

fun ag fact of the day: Cheesecake was invented in Ancient Greece and served to athletes at the very first Olympic Games.

fun ag fact of the day: CA is the world’s largest producer of almonds. With its ideal growing conditions, we produce 80% of the global almond supply.

fun ag fact of the day: When lambs are six months old they are considered to be fully-grown.

fun ag fact of the day: Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight. They only have lower teeth that press against the upper palette.

fun ag fact of the day: A one-year old sheep is called a hogget. A two-year old sheep is called a two-tooth.

fun ag fact of the day: Did you know an ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows?

fun ag fact of the day: Blueberries are Georgia’s top moneymaking fruit, over $102 million in 2009.

Fun ag fact of the day (last one for a week, I’m going on vacation!): the U.S. is the third largest producer of raspberries in the world.

fun ag fact of the day: Mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers.

fun ag fact of the day: Grazing of land by cattle can minimize the invasion of non-native plant species and lower the risk of wildfires by decreasing the amount of flammable material on the land.

fun ag fact of the day: Approximately 85% of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for producing crops. Grazing animals on this land more than doubles the area that can be used to produce food. Cattle serve a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food (meat!).

fun ag fact #2 of the day: The estrogen levels in dairy and beef products from animals treated with growth promotants are essentially the same as products from untreated animals. Estrogen occurs naturally in many foods.

4 oz. beef from steer given hormones: 1.6 nanograms of estrogen
4 oz. beef from untreated steer: 1.2 nanograms of estrogen
Average soy latte (one cup of soymilk): 30,000 nanograms of estrogen

fun ag fact of the day: Cheese was first made over 4,000 years ago in Asia!

Fun ag fact of the day: There are many different farming and ranching methods. One is not necessarily better than another. It depends what works for you, your land, your climate, and your end goal. I urge you to ask questions and research before you conclude a farmer or rancher is “bad”.

fun ag fact of the day: the largest pig recorded in history was Big Bill, a 5’ high 9’ long, 2,552 lb Poland China hog in the early 1930’s.

fun ag fact of the day: One beef only produces 2 tri-tips and 2 briskets per animal. That is why I urge my customers to buy a whole half of a beef instead of a quarter of a beef. You miss out on fun stuff!

fun ag fact of the day: an 1100 lb steer will average about 80 lbs of steak. It does come as a surprise to many people that the whole animal isn’t steak.

fun ag fact of the day: There are over 4,600 walnut growers in California. They account for almost all commercial walnut production in the U.S.

fun ag fact of the day: Hot and cold weather helps to make soil by breaking down rocks through expansion and contraction.

fun ag fact of the day: a rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen takes 30-35 a minute.

fun ag fact of the day: according to the USDA – 91 percent of farmers in California did NOT collect subsidy payments.

fun ag fact of the day: On average, we each consume 584 lb. of dairy products a year.

fun ag fact of the day: carrots originated in Middle Asia about 5,000 years ago. In Roman times, they were either purple or white! They also contain a lot of vitamin A.

fun ag fact of the day: have you noticed that some farms restrict farm visits from the public? This is because restricting visitors in barns keep germs and sickness away from their animals, farmers will treat sick animals, but prefer prevention.

fun ag fact of the day: In the North America, hormones are not approved for use in any poultry or egg production (Again, remember that all living beings have naturally occurring hormones, nothing is hormone free).

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: aging is the only difference between mild and sharp cheddar. The longer cheese is aged naturally, the sharper and more pronounced the cheddar flavor becomes. Mild cheddar is generally aged for 2 to 3 months, whereas an extra sharp might be aged for as long as a year.

fun ag fact of the day: it takes approximately 1.4 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

I weep that Farmville players outnumber real farmers in the U.S. by 80 to 1.

fun ag fact of the day: it is said that Strawberries got their name from the way they were grown; on top piles of straw.

fun ag fact of the day: peanuts are not actually nuts. Peanuts, like soybeans, are members of the legume family.

fun ag fact of the day: cows have an acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to 6 miles away.

fun ag fact of the day: the average American eats 22 pounds of tomatoes each year – over half in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.

fun ag fact of the day: Lean beef is as lean as chicken breast but has nearly two times the level of iron, zinc and B12.

fun ag fact of the day: corn is available in red, white, and blue varieties.

fun ag fact of the day: the term “got your goat” refers to taking a racehorse’s companion goat before a race to upset the horse and affect race outcomes.

fun ag fact of the day: directly from cow, the temperature of milk is 97 degrees Fahrenheit
fun ag fact of the day: Jerseys, a breed of dairy cow, produce milk with the highest butterfat content.

fun ag fact of the day: The endive does not exist in nature. It was contrived by man’s ability to manipulate nature.

fun ag fact of the day: beet colorant is the traditional dye for pink lemonade.

fun ag fact of the day: Most bacon sold in the United States is “streaky” bacon,
long narrow slices cut crosswise from the hog belly that contain veins of pink meat within white fat. Unless otherwise noted, the information in this publication refers to “streaky” bacon.

fun ag fact of the day: there is a dairy in all 50 states.

fun ag fact of the day: 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.

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