Category Archives: Food & Fiber

To the do-gooders “rescuing” Idaho livestock guardian dogs, STOP IT!

By Greg Henderson for Drovers Idaho sheep ranchers are asking the general public, “Leave our dogs alone.” Several working dogs have been “rescued” by well-meaning hikers or campers in Idaho,…

Report on Recent Work with the Amish in the Western Sheep/Wool Industry

The 2020 sheep shearing season turned out to be quite an adventure – more for some than others. Background Although I come from a sheep ranching family, and have been…

Can Cows Save the Planet? — Guest Editorial — by Trent Loos

  Reposted from High Plains Journal Why do people outside of the farming community continue to lie about our industry? They romanticize and talk about loving the small family farmer,…

Global veganism would cause global extinction of many species

Derbeyshire Live Gareth Butterfield Why vegans should be careful what they wish for We started this year finding ourselves in “Veganuary”, which encouraged us all to go meat-free for a…

Does the Pending Farm Bill Ignore Real Troubles in U.S. Agriculture? — by Gracy Olmstead

First published as an Op/Ed in the New York Times Amid a five-year farm recession, continuing woes for small dairy farmers and a trade war with China, a lot is riding on this year’s…

The Case for Carnivorous Humans

Dan Murphy Originally published on Drovers The opinions in this commentary are those of Dan Murphy, a veteran journalist and commentator. The Heartbreak of Vegetarianism Although it paints something of…

Stanton Gleave and the Piute Posse — by Todd Macfarlane

First published in Range Magazine.  What are the biggest keys to success?  In Stanton Gleave’s case, stubbornness and bullheadedness, sometimes referred to as patience, persistence and perseverance. Stanton Gleave presides…

Lessons from the California Gold Rush — Realistic Prospects for Economic Development in Millard County — by Todd Macfarlane

Applying Lessons from the California Gold Rush to the Tech Rush of the 21st Century In Millard County, with IPP’s plans to shut-down the current coal-fired power plant in 2027,…

CAFO Proposals Test the Current Status of Property Rights in Millard County – the Struggle Continues

(First published in February 2017 — The saga/struggle continues.  SEE Due Process & Equal Protection in Millard County — a Case Study) Among other things, basic property rights are a…

Keys to Marketing Sheep and Goats — by Todd Macfarlane

First Published in Stockman Grass Farmer 2015 KEYS TO MARKETING SHEEP & GOATS When it comes to markets and marketing, the first and fundamental premise to always bear in mind is…