Author Archives: Mike Callicrate

Harvesting Change: Making a Local Meat Market

How One Cattle Rancher Ditched the Industrial Meat Model and Forged a More Sustainable One Cami Koons Mike Callicrate and his son Teegan are hardworking ranchers. But they aren’t typical. Almost 30 years ago, they bucked an industrial food … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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“Cowboys Can Save the World”

Saturday, I spent the day with a group of Montana ranchers at the Beartooth Stock Association annual meeting. They ventured out in minus 20 degree weather, many just finishing cow chores. Cattlemen and women represent the literal heart and soul … Continue reading

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What does the financial sector really cost?

The independent owner-operated gas station on Circle Drive in Colorado Springs is consistently 40 cents/gallon better priced than the chains. Maverick, Kum & Go and Good2Go are owned by FJ Management – another example of destructive Tape Worm Economics.  

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The Gutting of Rural America – What Happened?

The rural America that once fed us dependably from family farms is seeing its last days – Abandoned farmsteads and dollar stores mark the graves of once prosperous communities There’s an economic term to describe this phenomenon, it’s called stealing. … Continue reading

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