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“The money and political power of Wall Street has stolen America’s food system, bankrupted our farmers and ranchers, mined our soils, polluted our environment, wasted our precious water, and left us with expensive industrially produced food that makes us sick.” – Occupy Wall Street Food Day, December 2011
Above: Ranching Reboot – Episode 4 – Mike Callicrate, owner of Ranch Foods Direct, sat down with us to talk about all manner of things from cattle markets, to public food spaces, the Bander, his feedlot and the pathway he built to market.
He shares valuable lessons learned from fighting against the commodity production system and how he’s built his own pathway to the consumer.
We talk about small community slaughter plants and public meat spaces and what that could look like going in to the future. We discuss environmental challenges, the food police and what it means when a Dollar General comes to town.
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Photo: Sean Cayton - 2003People producing good food from happy animals, while improving the environment, shouldn’t have to fear the government.
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Food Policy & LawE. Coli Confessions Part I
by John Munsell | Oct 11, 2011
Editor's Note: This is the first part in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, MT, who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. The events he writes about began a decade ago, but remain relevant today.
They say that confession is good for the soul. I've been involved in a series of ugly events since my plant in 2002 recalled 270 pounds of ground beef contaminated with E.coli O157:H7 and now want to admit the embarrassing truth for public review. more
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“Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer” News Conference, and Live Internet Broadcast Audio, at Callicrate Cattle Co at 1:00PM CST – Recorded on 09/20/2011
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September 20, 2011 By Mike Callicrate The article in Farm Futures, “Region 7 EPA Administrator Sets Record Straight,” needs some clarification. Author Jason Vance was mistaken in his statement, “Last year the Environmental Protection Agency inspected a feedlot in St. … Continue reading
09/20/2011: “Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer” News Conference, and Live Internet Broadcast, at Callicrate Cattle Co at 1:00PM CST. 09/15/2011 (PDF): Cheyenne County Commissioners Official Letter of Support 09/14/2011 (Audio): Mike Callicrate discusses the “Order” on The Josh Tolley … Continue reading
Immediate Release: News Conference at Callicrate Cattle Co 09/20/2011 “…in Heartland to Highlight Injustices Against Family Farmers and Ranchers”
Live Internet Broadcast on 09/20/2011 “Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer” For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Bullard, CEO September 14, 2011 Phone: 406-252-2516; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * Group Schedules News Conference in Heartland to Highlight Injustices … Continue reading