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Agriculture Built High Plains Towns. Now, it Might Run Them Dry.

As the Ogallala Aquifer dwindles, rural towns try to keep their sole water source. MOSCOW, Kansas — Brownie Wilson pulls off a remote dirt road right through a steep ditch and onto a farmer’s field. He hops out of his white Silverado pickup, mud covering nearly all of it except the Kansas Geological Survey logo stuck…



Commodity leaders expect U.S. to prevail in challenge to Mexico’s corn ban

Callicrate note: I’m with Mexico February 2, 2024 By Larry Lee Filed Under: Ag Exports, Ag Policy, Corn, Crops, News, Trade, USTR Farmers heard an update on Mexico’s genetically modified corn ban during Wisconsin’s Corn-Soy-Pork Expo. During a panel discussion on market development, Neal Caskey with the National Corn Growers Association said the U.S. Trade…



European Farm Protest Update

January 30, 2024 Hello Mike, The latest on the farmers’ protests in Europe is, they are HUGE. Some notes from our friends there, and media, etc. are below. The German Farmers uprising has really spread. One new aspect of this is that the demands from farmers in different places add up to reflecting the principles…



Harvesting Change: Making a Local Meat Market

Mike Callicrate posted: " How One Cattle Rancher Ditched the Industrial Meat Model and Forged a More Sustainable One Cami Koons ckoons Mike Callicrate and his son Teegan are hardworking ranchers. But they aren’t typical. Almost 30 years ago" Mike Callicrate | No-Bull Food News Read on blog or Reader Harvesting Change: Making a Local…



News Roundup: Corrupt Meatpacker JBS Goes to Wall Street to Fund Global Takeover

Plus: Help secure farmers’ right to repair their equipment FARM ACTION FOCUS: CORRUPT MEATPACKER JBS GOES TO WALL STREET TO FUND GLOBAL TAKEOVER Far from its beginnings as a small butcher shop in Brazil, JBS is now the world’s largest meat processing company. The company is headed up by the corrupt billionaire brothers from Brazil,…



German Farmers’ Tractors Roll for New Economic System

Dump the Agriculture (Military) Financial Complex! by Robert L. Baker Thousands of tractors roll – sending powerful message to lawmakers Jan. 17—The mega Week of Action Jan. 8-15 in Germany, with a 100,000 tractors, trucks, farmers, and allies, holding convoys, rallies and other protests in all 16 states, is a world-significant event. The “drop that…



Return to carcass trade is essential for cattle industry and rural prosperity

Posted on January 22, 2024 by Mike Callicrate After more than 50 years of concentration, consolidation, hyper-industrialization, and a pandemic, the producers, workers, animals, and consumers have all suffered from the loss of competition and demise of local/regional food infrastructure.  Land-grant and business school economists teaching “Big is better – It’s a business, not a…



Op-ed: This Farm Bill Could Rein in Big Agriculture’s Lobbying Power

Including the new Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act in the upcoming farm bill would go a long way toward fixing the USDA’s commodity checkoff programs. By Will Harris January 17, 2024 Ranchers supervise grazing grass-fed cattle. (Photo courtesy of White Oak Pastures) Back in the ’90s, beef was what was for dinner. As a…



As Beef Cattle Become Behemoths, Who Are Animal Scientists Serving?

Callicrate note: Since the 1980’s the U.S cow herd has been reduced by 10 million head. How have we kept up with beef demand? Import more low quality cheap beef and make em’ bigger … The hyper performance enhancing drug, Zilmax (Zipaterol), is supposed to be off the market, mainly due to animal welfare concerns,…



Bayless’s Farm to Table History Inspires Everything Local

Callicrate note: Every community should have a Rick Bayless Creator of the Frontera restaurant empire presented keynote to remember. Bob Benenson Jan 18, 2024 Frontera and Center Chicago Chef Rick Bayless stressed the importance of farmer-restaurant partnerships on the opening day of the three-day Everything Local Conference in Springfield. Photo by Bob Benenson. I was…