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Bitter cold, consumer misconceptions on agriculture, and a debate on modern farming -- here are three articles ranchers should check out this week. 

From reaching out to consumers, to sustainability in modern farming, to surviving this cold weather, here are three items ranchers should check out this week.

1. Consumers Should “Feel” Farming

I love this post from Stauffer Dairy Farm’s blog, “The Farmer’s Wife,” entitled, “I Want Consumers To Feel Farming.” The article talks about the need to show consumers what life is really like in food production. Here is an excerpt from the blog, which is written to consumers:

“I want consumers to know the truth about farmers. I want them to have respect for farmers. I want to help feed the world and feel like the world actually deserves it. There is no one way to farm. There is no way we can feed the world like it was done in the 1900s. There is a reason why there are less farms feeding this growing population. Truth is, I am just a burnt out farmer's wife and farmer. I love my farmer, my kids, my farm, and my girls. If you want to know the truth about farming, go to a farmer. You need to understand what farmers do and how they do it. Why? Because they do it for you.”

 

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2. Forbes Discusses Sustainability Of Modern Agriculture

Forbes magazine writer Mike Scott explores the agriculture industry in a piece that presents the pros and cons of modern food production. While criticizing things like fertilizer use in crop farming, he also praises the new opportunities in agriculture that people can be a part of. Here is an excerpt from the piece:

“As the world’s population heads toward 9 billion people, it is crucial that the global agriculture sector is able to meet the increased demand for food. But the world’s food production industry is on an unsustainable path – one that mirrors the unsustainable short-termism of the financial sector in recent years – and needs to change radically if it is to feed the world of the future as well as the world of today.

“Farming is becoming an increasingly high-tech business and there will be investment opportunities in sectors as far removed from agriculture as advanced coating technology and big data as well as molecular technology, microbiology and bio-based chemistry.”

3. Cattle Ranchers Prepare For Cold Snap

I don’t know about you, but spring is sounding pretty good right about now. This week’s cold snap has dropped temperatures in some areas to -54°F, making our low of -14°F feel downright balmy.

A recent article appearing on OzarksFirst.com features a farmer and his challenge to keep his cattle safe from the extremely cold temperatures. Here is an excerpt:

“To ensure that the cows make it through the cold snap, ranchers must go through a checklist-- adding extra bedding to keep temperatures warmer, additional feed to provide more energy for cows to brave the cold, and checking electric water heaters to prevent water from freezing.”

How are you handling this cold front? How cold has it been in your area?

Add to the discussion on these three topics by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for your participation.

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 5

shaun evertson (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

Points to ponder.
"Want people to respect farmers." Consumers don't interact directly with farmers. Hard to earn respect in that context. How do you jump the isolation fence and go earn some respect?
"God save us from experts." Scanning the Mike Scott piece I'm struck by this line, "as he world’s population heads toward 9 billion..." Hey wait a minute, that was 10 billion last year, 15 billion the year before, and 25-30 billion at the turn of the century. Like research ships stuck in the ice, consumers need to be made aware of all the dumb things experts say and do, and of the fact that they seldom if ever fess up to mistakes and miscalculations. "nothing to see here, move along..."

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

Mike Scott's main point seems to be that there are investment opportunities in farming technology. With such keen observational powers he may soon discover that the sun comes up every morning.

James Cloyd (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2014

Now come on fellas ole Mike's got to make a living to. Why who knows he might be the person to come up with a new widget and that widget might save you guys some money some day. Why heck I'll just betya Baxter Black is cooking up a story about Mike right now

Lauren Arbogast (not verified)
on Jan 10, 2014

Interesting that I pondered the same thing on my last blog post on www.PaintTheTownAG.com - trying to better understand how to connect farmer with customer.
http://www.paintthetownag.com/2014/01/09/all-access-farmers-secrets-reve...
Thanks Amanda for promoting ag and compiling some great reading material!
Lauren

Robin Rosenblatt (not verified)
on Jan 13, 2014

Israel Longhorn Project:
Standing Up for Israel's Farmers
I need your help with this. Please Share

The longer it takes to fund the Israel Longhorn Project, the more ranch land will be stolen, the more farmers and ranchers will go bankrupt and more families and ranchers will be murdered. Once the land is stolen it is almost impossible to get it back, once a life is taken it is impossible to get it back; this is the very land that you bought for Israel through the JNF.

http://longhornproject.org

Israeli Ranches are being attacked, their land being stolen and their passive European cattle are being mutilated and killed by local Arabs and by natural predators, wolves and jackals. Israeli European beef cattle are incompatible with Israel’s desert environment. This has resulted in many problems including high calf losses, (as high as 30%). Israel needs desert cattle that fits its environment and can defend it's self and it's calves. That breed of cattle is Texas Longhorn.

These are the ranches we are helping

http://youtu.be/hMF12Ru--yw

I like guns but for me they are just tools, a tool to protect the cattle and myself. But these cattle have something better, sharp horns. Texas Longhorn cattle can kill and it takes a lot less explaining afterwards then it does if I shoot the SOB.

Project supports: The Israeli Border Police, the New Shomerim, Israel’s Agriculture Department and the Prime Minister’s office.

Checks deposited directly into the nonprofit account at Wells Fargo Bank, Belmont, California.

Israel Longhorn Project
Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc. Ex Israeli Soldier, past anti terrorist Agent
Director - The Longhorn Project
Nonprofit 501(c) 3 #74-3177354
Tel: 650.631.9270
Address: 815 Hill Street, # 5
Belmont, CA 94002

It is depressing that so few people will help with this.

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