In 2015, I went to New York City in an attempt to help the horse and carriage businesses stay afloat in Central Park. Five years later, they are still there, although not without serious challenges but that is not the topic for today. What happened, that I didn’t foresee until I got there, w…
As we charge down the path of 2020, I want to be more assertive and relentless in getting the facts to the consuming public about the production of food. The one strategic aspect that most of us in the farming community cannot quite figure out is how we do this without giving the “opposition…
Hey, it is here! Happy New Year. Every single person I know in the farming community has been looking for 2019 to be in the rear view mirror with the hope that 2020 will be a step in the right direction.
Today, the moral of the story is quite simple: “Thank you, Jesus.” The older I get, the more I am turned off by the commerce-driven Christmas instead of the focus being on the birth of Jesus Christ.
I feel compelled to follow up on last week’s piece with a few more thoughts on the government-regulated speech we call “the Checkoff.” I don’t really care that some of you think I am just trying to stir the pot on this one because in my heart I clearly see the dire situation we are in. Yes, …
In the past 20 years I have come to learn that the two most divisive conversations you can have within our community are about checkoff programs and mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.
We have long been told that the next real food fight is over water. Well, the water fight is on big and hard in certain regions of the country and not just in California as it is hitting central Kansas too.
As we charge into the holiday season of 2019 I have yet to talk to a single person who says, “I just wish 2019 would never end!” I think universally, folks are looking forward to ringing in 2020 more than any year in my life.
New York, like California, has plenty of problems and most of them stem from poor leadership and the willingness of its residents to blindly follow any “cool,” “green” or otherwise popular trend. Two of New York’s problems, which if managed properly, could be addressed with a single solution.
The very first animal rights conference I attended nearly 20 years ago was in Arlington, Virginia, just down the road and across the river from the nation’s Capital. I went because, early on, I wanted to meet the people in the movement. I wanted to understand them and what their vision truly was.
In recent days there has certainly been a lot said about #FairCattleMarkets. Maybe everything that can be said has already been said but the conversation clearly is not loud enough yet. I continue to see the cattlemen (of which I am one) yelling that we are not getting paid fairly.
You’ve likely heard many of the famous quotes on change such as “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional” by John Maxwell or Thomas Fuller’s words “All things are difficult before they are easy.”
Throughout the years of exhibiting purebred breeding stock in the pig business, no show or sale has treated us better than the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota. As a 20-year-old rookie, I was honored to have my boar selected as the reserve champion at this historical event.
The 2019 Nebraska State Fair has come and gone. In the end, it was a tremendous week but it was filled with plenty of anxiety courtesy of Mother Nature. The exhibitors appeared to enjoy the fair as much as any of the 149 that came before this one.
I am writing this from the middle of Hollywood, California, where I have come for the premiere of a Forrest Film’s movie called “Bennett’s War.” I will have more about that soon but in the meantime I am going to my favorite approach—historical perspective.
Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of humans around the world and yet I recently learned that one day it could be a thing of the past. For the past 18 years, I have hosted Nathan Bryan, the foremost authority on nitric oxide, on my radio shows. We have had some great dis…
The 4th Saturday of July came and went without much mention or notice. A few within our community mentioned being happy to still promote the Official Day of the American Cowboy but for the most part it was crickets.
The only thing fair in life is the summer county celebration, and that should continue to be the focus of fair for sure. Like so many, we have just concluded our 2019 Sherman County Fair in Nebraska, complete with small victories and some setbacks.
I had a wonderful discussion with Sara Place of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on Rural Route Radio about true beef sustainability and it has taken me down some research paths that we have not spent enough time examining.
I have little doubt that the economy is better than it was. Likewise, I believe that under the Trump administration we have streamlined some of the bureaucracy and made minor steps toward draining the swamp.
I used to do a short radio piece called “From the Doghouse” because I believe that when 84 percent of all pet owners recognize themselves as “mother” or “father” of their pet, the human race is in trouble.
I am reluctant to say that food is the new weapon, because I believe it is pretty easy, throughout history, to identify where food was used as a weapon. However, the trade war is just that. In the past week I have had excellent discussions with folks on the front lines of this war and I am h…
I know for a fact that things are as wacky as they can get. Well, I suppose it could get worse but I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it because I read a book once that told us all of this would come to pass and it is what it is.
May is officially designated as beef month! Okay, this is where I would naturally suggest that every month should be beef month but if others are talking about the cow in the month of May, then let’s go for it.
Nebraska, and I’m sure other states as well, is in the middle of a heated battle over property taxes. Thanks to rapidly escalating rural property values, the amount we pay annually in property tax has tripled since we purchased our farm just over 10 years ago.
I had yet another trip to Big Sky Country and this time it was to the heart of the Gallatin Valley in Bozeman, Montana. I enjoyed quite a bit of reminiscing about my very first trip to the region in September 1991.
Every January when we put up the new “family calendar” on the refrigerator, the first dates marked off are those in June with great big letters—“WPX.” Of course, our annual pilgrimage to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, takes place that first week of June.
I will preface everything I am about to say with my bias right up front: I do not believe that the government is here to help me. In our house, we have not accepted a dime in “assistance” from the government and I don’t plan to start now.
Not a day goes by that I don’t get some inquiry about how to deal with folks who want to either shut down an existing farm, or, more commonly, the local folks who are trying to prevent the building of a new farm or farm building.
For the past several weeks Nebraskans have heard comments about the delayed return of the Sandhill cranes. I really don’t know the numbers but I know that people have been buzzing about the lack of birds flying north over the Platte River, and thus above my house, in the middle of March.
As livestock producers, we are continually told that we do not know enough to manage the health of our own animals. We are told that we need a DVM prescription to medicate our herds.
I have just arrived in Reno, Nevada, for the second time this month. This time I’m here for the Western Dairy Herd Management conference with 1,500 dairymen from across the country.
It has now been a year since I spoke at the National Block and Bridle convention in Orlando, Florida. The convention is always a highlight of the year and I was able to spend an extra day visiting Florida farms and ranches on the same trip.
The attack on nature’s original ethanol plant has certainly accelerated to the point that every cattleman has finally spoken out. It is clear to me that God created the first ethanol plant as a four-stomached critter that converts cellulose material into hundreds of products that improve hum…
Remember back in junior high school when the boys who liked certain girls would start picking on them instead of being polite? I am not sure the junior high mentality ever ends because the cow is now the cute girl on the playground that everybody must really, really like because there is lis…
We have a segment of our population today that doesn’t understand the history of how we now have things so good. To my point, the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, just concluded for 2019 and we are told that 2020 holds in store a brand-new facility. You cannot have ever been …
Happy New Year! Have you established your resolutions yet? I have not as I don’t do that but I might think about things I want to shift in priority going into the new year instead.
What did your 2018 look like and what are you hoping for in 2019? That’s something I think most people think about this time of year. Trent actually does a review of his favorite interviews of the year on Loos Tales to wrap up the last week of programming.