Category Archives: General Advocacy

What’s Wrong with the Beef you Buy?

Trinity Vandenacre met Mike at the Rendezvous City Beef Roundup last summer where Trinity was one of the beef competition judges. Mike presented, “Cows Can Save the World” for the first time. The updated version, most recently presented to the … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Agriculture: Past and Future

Callicrate note: Several years ago, in a conversation with John, we discussed the use of a new term describing what I thought was a better kind of agriculture.  Since “sustainable” had been stolen by big corporate ag, I suggested the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Change: Making a Local Meat Market

How One Cattle Rancher Ditched the Industrial Meat Model and Forged a More Sustainable One Cami Koons ckoons@flatlandkc.org 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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