Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

Flimflam men are still faithfully serving corporate interests.

(The letter published below is written by A.M. Kinney, vice president of the Kansas Farmers Union, and former editor of this paper. Let us hope he writes letters to “Jonas” and that he lets us read the letters.) Hon. Jonas … Continue reading

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This Ag Economist Preached Bigger is Better. Now He Says the Evidence Favors Small Farms.

by Nick Stumo-Langer | November 2, 2017 Since the 1960s, there’s been a concerted effort by economists and policymakers to consolidate family farms into large-scale industrial agriculture operations. The thinking was that these giant farms could better feed the world. … Continue reading

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The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response.

Mike Callicrate is a rancher who started out in industrial feedlot cattle production, but converted to principles of animal husbandry and regenerative agriculture when he saw how exploitive a system he was working in — exploitive of the the land, … Continue reading

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Ag Secretary Perdue Completes America’s Return to the Jungle

If Justice is a fundamental principal of the American way of life, then Secretary Perdue has violated this principle. The Packers and Stockyards Act was intended to ensure producers of livestock their due, protecting them from the abusive monopoly power … Continue reading

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National Farm-to-School Month: Highlighting Cutting-Edge Programs

National Farm-to-School Month: Highlighting Cutting-Edge Programs The dark side of Farm-to-School While Food Tank celebrates Farm-to-School initiatives, there’s a darker side of the story that is at risk of being overlooked. Ranch Foods Direct has been in business in Colorado … Continue reading

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