I reckon there is no need to get frustrated because it is just the way of the world today—we live in a visual society. I have been doing radio for 20 years now and I think that we can educate individuals with audio, but it is becoming glaringly apparent that if you want to have a real impact…
I had a conversation with an employee of Anheuser-Busch and we were primarily talking about the Budweiser Clydesdales and how InBev had strongly hinted they would phase out that expense after their purchase of AB in 2008. The good news is that maybe they have decided horses actually do sell …
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.
Who among us has not repeated, or in my case been asked on multiple occasions, “Were you born in a barn?” My mother asked me that many times as a kid and, from first-hand experience, I can tell you the correct answer is not, “Well, I don’t know. You were there.”
As 2018 winds down, I am reflecting back on the people that I’ve met. I am often told that I have a wonderful life (and I never disagree) with an awesome family and the opportunity to travel to 30 states and a couple foreign countries every year. While the travels are great, without question…
As I was fueling my pickup in rural Nebraska, I saw the sign for this grocery store/fuel shop promoting eggs for 89 cents a dozen. While I fully understand the concept of a “loss leader,” something about this really shifted my windshield thoughts into overdrive.
If we would have had his conversation prior to December of 2013, I would have had a completely different take on it. That was the day I sat down with John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, about three weeks after the president of the United States pardoned his two turkeys.
In 2008 I spent a great deal of time in California because of the looming vote in what was called Proposition 2. For quick refresher, Prop 2 was about eliminating crates in veal and pork production but more widely recognized for increasing the required space for laying hens.
In what has been a trying season for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team, the entire season might now be epitomized by a young man from our hometown. Headlines on Sunday all across the state read, “Five years of practice leads to one sack but walk-on Matt Jarzynka couldn’t be happier.” Wh…
Luckily fall has returned to the central United States after most of us endured a true shock to our systems with a very early cold snap that even included a pile of the white stuff and some bitterly cold winds.
This past week has been filled with excellent dialogue about marketing, food labeling and production styles. While I would really like to go on with my concerns about who this group or that group in beef production is partnering with, I would rather show that “developing sustainable strategi…
Every day, people talk to me about the disconnect between consumers and where their food comes from and the general misinformation that surrounds this issue. I prefer to spend my time working on setting the record straight to ensure that consumers, globally, make purchase decisions based on …
Yes, it does matter if Florida places a ban on betting on greyhound racing, whether you have a dog in the race or not. It was 2002 when I got involved in my first real political issue that involved agriculture.
It would be easy to whine and complain about how long it took these “intellectuals” to come to the basic knowledge my grandfather knew in 1952 but the truth of the matter is that all that matters is that they have finally arrived.
I would assume by now you have heard about the African Swine Fever that has found its way to China. Individuals I know claim that millions of pigs have died. It was first found in April (although not reported until August) in a small herd of 100 head.
We just completed the 10-day stretch known as the Nebraska State Fair and it was quite a fair. While we may not have taken home quite as much “hardware” as we have in the past, it was still considered a success in our book.
I recently completed an enjoyable evening in Kansas with the 100-year celebration of the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau in Wichita. It is the third such celebration that I have been a part of and one must tip his hat to any organization that can survive for 100 years.
Finally, after about 15 years of feeling pretty lonely on the island, I am happy to report that a few others have shown up. I am referring to my nearly deserted island of “Meat Consumption as a Health Food.”
Rural America, the voters from farm and ranch country, were vital in the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. We liked the policies he proposed and the promises he made on the campaign trail.
CBS has a television show called “Bull” about jury “science” that I find interesting to watch. However, I find the subject much better as an entertainment piece than as a concept that actually puts the future of animal agriculture in peril.
The scenario that played out could not have been more fitting as it was Hank Vogler who informed me several years ago about the legal situation his lifelong friends in Harney County, Oregon, were in when they were convicted as “terrorists” for burning 137 acres of federal land with permissio…
I have really hit the jackpot this summer for working with young leadership programs. I have now had four consecutive weeks of involvement with some sort of youth leadership development.