Month: January 2020

Building biology – From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Building biology From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon By Steve Kenyon Published: January 22, 2020 ‘It is not about adding fertility, it is about building biology.’ – Steve Kenyon. Photo: Thinkstock I was asked to speak at a nutrient management conference last month and once again, I was the odd man out. It was…



Silicon Ranch partners with organic livestock farm in Georgia for solar sheep grazing

Silicon Ranch partners with organic livestock farm in Georgia for solar sheep grazing By Kelly Pickerel | January 15, 2020 A partnership between White Oak Pastures and Silicon Ranch will encourage regenerative practices on solar farms. In 2020, this partnership will bring holistic planned livestock grazing and regenerative land management practices to nearly 2,400 solar…



Boeing 737 Max: New CEO must transform company’s entire culture

From my long-time friend, Michael Stumo: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/01/17/boeing-david-calhoun-airline-safety-culture-lawsuit-ceo-column/4479056002/ A Boeing 737 Max crash killed my daughter. Boeing’s board and CEO don’t inspire optimism. Since the death of my daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, I’ve learned more about aviation than I ever dreamed, and how Boeing let safety slip. I never noticed who ran Boeing until…



Booker Statement on Voting Against USMCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2020 CONTACT Ryan Johnson, ryan_johnson Booker Statement on Voting Against USMCA WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the below statement following passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (USMCA): “When evaluating the USMCA, it was important to consider our country’s economic realities and to weigh how much benefit…



R-CALF – Ranchers Warned About Dismantled Competitive Infrastructures

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa View and share this news release on Facebook here. Ranchers Warned About Dismantled Competitive Infrastructures Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA spoke to hundreds of Colorado and New Mexico ranchers during meetings held in Brush and La Junta, Colo. and Las Cruces, N.M. last week and over the…



Walmart opened a meatpacking plant. What does it mean for the beef industry?

Walmart opened a meatpacking plant. What does it mean for the beef industry? It’s a step the company took to reduce its reliance on the heavily consolidated beef industry. But, for some ranchers, it may represent a new monopoly of its own. January 10th, 2020 by Sam Bloch Walmart, the largest retailer in the U.S.,…



Update: New Brazilian class action targets corrupt JBS in the name of democracy

Thank you for signing our petition to investigate and break up JBS. A new year’s resolution here at OCM is to double down on our efforts to expose the behemoth meatpacker’s abuse of America’s independent agriculture. In that vein, we would like to share with you some breaking news out of Brazil: A class action…



Wyoming funds college meat program, mobile slaughter

INDUSTRY NEWS – AM Wyoming funds college meat program, mobile slaughter By Susan Kelly on 1/15/2020 The state of Wyoming has awarded a $777,809 grant to Central Wyoming College to develop a meat processing program that will include a mobile slaughtering unit, the school announced. The funding, through the Wyoming Works initiative, will support an…



House Bill Introduced to Oversee USDA Checkoffs

House Bill Introduced to Oversee USDA Checkoffs By News Editor January 13, 2020 Nevada Democrat Dina Titus introduced legislation titled “The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act” (OFF) into the House of Representatives. The Hagstrom Report says it’s designed to create financial controls and transparency for the USDA agricultural checkoff programs. Titus says, “The USDA’s…



CS Independent – Local startup Bytable aims to connect consumers and producers

Local startup Bytable aims to connect consumers and producers Food for change? Faith Miller Jan 8, 2020, Colorado Springs Independent Courtesy of Bytable Rancher Mike Callicrate, center, with Bytable’s Jacy Rittmer and Brett Dugan. Colorado Springs-based Bytable has a lot on its plate, thanks in part to a $437,000 grant from the U.S. Department of…