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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.



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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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.


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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