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The Future of the Farm

Last month I got a rather interesting email from a Professor at Chico State. Dave Simon, who is the author of “Meatonomics” is going to be at Chico State and Dr. Jones (the Prof), is interested in putting together a discussion like The Commonwealth Club did here. Dr. Jones wanted to know if I’d like to be apart of this discussion.

I’ll admit, I was hesitant. My experience with some vegans and vegetarians have been less than stellar. Putting myself in the line of fire, away from my computer, is scary and outside of my comfort zone. But, part of the reason this blog exists is because of a vegan that went out of her way to attack my way of life, despite having never met me or seen my ranch. That experience did have a profound affect on me – I flung my barn doors wide open and never looked back.

When I flung my barn doors open, several leaders in my industry made it clear to me that they did not approve. While I certainly understand the repercussions of being so honest (I’m still feeling them), I think our industry needs to be as transparent as we can. We have nothing to hide.

 

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It’s no secret that my biggest criticism of the beef industry is we don’t engage with our consumers in serious matters. We should be using every opportunity, every forum, every event as a platform to tell our stories. For too long, our stories have been told by others, and it’s gotten us no where.

When Dr. Jones mentioned he was having trouble finding someone from the cattle industry to participate, I knew, right then I would love to be apart of this discussion. I met with Dr. Jones to get a copy of the book and talk about this event. I was very much surprised to find Dr. Jones agreed with me about telling our story. He assured me that this event would be positive and informative and not your typical “meat bad, cattle rancher bad” event.

I’m excited. This is me, practicing what I preach.

If you are in the area Monday, October 20th, won’t you think about attending? Word on the playground is there is going to be some Q and A, and I know I could use some support. Plus, I think it is just great that our University is hosting events where we all can learn from different points of view, that is the whole point of education, right?

 

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Giveaway: “Vintage” Poster

I love a good giveaway! Especially when it means I get something!

I had a nail in one of the tires on my truck, so while waiting for the nice people over at Les Schwab to fix it for me, I accidentally did some shopping.

I found the coolest posters! I had to buy them! Since I don’t have room in my house for all three, I’m doing a giveaway!!! Two of these are going to be adorable framed in my office, one is going to be adorable somewhere in your home!

This giveaway is for one of these posters! You pick!

 

Cows!

Cows!

OR

Canning!

Canning!

OR

Cameras!

Cameras!

 

I will select a winner next Tuesday, July 10, 2014, using random.org. Just leave me a comment below!!

Good luck!

 

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Fun Ag Facts XII

fun ag fact of the day: A hamburger smothered in red or green chile is called a slopper.

fun ag fact of the day: chickens can run up to 9 miles per hour.

fun ag fact of the day: Michigan and New Jersey produce 66% of all the blueberries in the United States, followed by North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.

Fun ag fact of the day: The stinger is not left behind when a honeybee stings another insect.

fun ag fact of the day: Heart valves from hogs are used to replace damaged or diseased human heart valves.

Fun ag fact of the day: America exported $124,021,998.00 worth of dairy cow semen in 2011

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

fun ag fact of the day: A crab’s teeth are in its stomach.

fun ag fact of the day: Pigs have a great sense of smell. Their powerful but sensitive snout is a highly developed sense organ. Pigs also have a great field of vision, because their eyes are on the sides of their heads.

fun ag fact of the day: Florida is the largest producer of watermelons in the United States followed by Georgia and California.

fun ag fact of the day: Russia is the largest producer of raspberries in the world followed by Poland and Serbia.

fun ag fact of the day: A row of corn always has an even number.

fun ag fact of the day: A cow’s gestation period is approximately 283. This is the average number of days from the day a cow is bred to the time she has a calf.

Fun ag fact of the day: Each bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes.

fun ag fact of the day: Sugar cane is the most produced commodity in India, Brazil, Pakistan, Mexico, Philippines, Egypt, Thailand, South Africa, Colombia, Kenya & Peru.

The states that produce the most sweet cherries are Washington, California, Oregon and Michigan. The main producer of tart cherries is Michigan accounting for 90% of the production.

fun ag fact of the day: The females of all mammal species can by definition produce milk. Aside from cattle, many kinds of livestock provide milk used by humans for dairy products. These animals include buffalo, goat, sheep, camel, donkey, horse, reindeer, yak, and dolphin. The first four respectively produced about 11%, 2%, 1.4% and 0.2% of all milk worldwide in 2011. In Russia and Sweden, small moose dairies also exist.

fun ag fact of the day: Somalia is the largest producer of camel milk in the world followed by Mali and Ethiopia.

fun ag fact of the day: Peanut butter is a staple in over 90% of American households and the average person consumes more than six pounds of peanut products each year.

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Another Awesome Ag Parody!

OK, in real life friends, my musicians, my actors, we should do this! I promise people will love it!
Until then, I’m just going to have to re-create the burlesque butt picture…. (stay tuned!)

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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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