My love for live music runs deep. I’m not talking about those big stage concerts where the music overpowers the vocals and everything sounds overproduced like it does on mainstream radio. I’m talking about what happens on the small stage. Where the fans and artists have a much closer connection. My first introduction to real live … Continue reading Live From The Small Stage
The government shutdown will never directly impact me. I just work at a state University trying to mind my own business and finish up some research. At least that’s what I have been thinking all week as the news headlines focus on D.C. and Congress’ inability to do their jobs. As it turns out there … Continue reading Government Shutdown – Impacts on Agriculture Research
Remember the cross-country trip I took late this past summer? It was 2,600 miles filled with fun and new experiences. More importantly, it was a great experience to learn more about diversity in forage management from producers across the country. No matter the environment in, no one style of management fits every farm or ranch. … Continue reading Diversity in Forage Management
Feed ingredients in cattle diets vary between each and every farm and they are all used for a specific reason. This summer, a few questions have been raised about one particular feed ingredient, a beta agonist called zilpaterol. I want to share some educational links on the topic. We all have a choice of what … Continue reading Ask a Farmer: Beta Agonists and Cattle Feeding
There are times when several things swirl together and the ideas that come out can be fun to watch. And of course some of those ideas can be stinkers too…. But let’s hope this one is really good. So let’s get to it! The “Big Idea” We have created four different Flat Ryan paper dolls. … Continue reading A New Series — The AgProud Adventures of Flat Ryan!
Jason Boland always has been and always will be one of my favorite Red Dirt/Texas Country artists. There’s a lot of truth in this song. In fact, I enjoy the entire Dark and Dirty Mile album. Lyrics for Jason Boland “Nine Times Out of Ten” It may not be the same thing you believe Most … Continue reading Jason Boland and the Stragglers – "Nine Times Out of Ten" Lyrics
I think it goes without question if you’ve followed my material for very long, that I am passionate about advocating for the voice of farmers and encouraging others involved in agriculture to join the conversations. While speaking at various agriculture meetings or organization events, I sometimes get blank stares from those farmer and rancher types … Continue reading Why should farmers and ranchers advocate for agriculture? (Video)
What’s that you say? There’s a rally on Market Square today? What’s the cause? Oh, they are marching against GMO foods… Today, Saturday, May 25, (2014 event is taking place on 05/24/2014), 2015 event is taking place on 05/23/2015) thousands of people across the globe are organizing a March Against Monsanto. The group claims in … Continue reading GMO Activists March Against Monsanto – Farmers’ Perspective
Do you feel that the so-called “ag gag” bills are prohibitive? Will these laws hamper efforts to stop animal cruelty? Does this impede our efforts for transparency in the food systems? I will start this off with a disclaimer that I am not very familiar with the legislation being passed. I am not educated in legal issues, … Continue reading How do ‘ag gag’ laws affect farm transparency?
On a weekly basis, I usually receive 8-10 questions via my Ask A Farmer contact form from folks who just want to know more about agriculture in general. I’m just one guy with an opinion who is willing to share my opinion. I try to incorporate links with perspectives from others as often as possible … Continue reading Common Misconceptions in Food and Agriculture