Food Truths: From Farm to Table
Parents, especially moms, worry an awful lot about the food they are serving their family, often feeling guilty about the chemicals, antibiotics, DNA, hormones, and engineered crops on their plates.
Michele Payn, a CEO, popular public speaker, and leading influencer in the genuine farm-to-table movement, says ignorance – along with deliberate misinformation and marketing hype – is creating a great deal of the unnecessary angst and concern.
Herself a farm girl who has been a Holstein breeder since the age of nine, Michele is on a mission to turn food confusion into clarity, and to make certain that the food we eat is raised the right way, by the right people, for the right reasons.
What’s Old is New Again When It Comes
to Cutting-Edge Ranching and Farming
Del Ficke, Owner, Ficke Cattle Company
Today’s independent ranchers and farmers confront a wide array of challenges to their survival.
These include competition from large corporate producers; regulatory interference; soil erosion; dwindling water supplies; and the migration of our sons and daughters to more urban areas.
Del Ficke has figured out a solution to these and other threats, and he has amply demonstrated them on his own land and with his family’s own livestock operation, which dates back to 1888.
Del’s Succinct Answer: Farm and Ranch more like our grandfathers and great-grandfathers did.
[To hear my RANCHCAST with LEM LEWIS interview with Del Ficke, click here.]
Indeed, Del is an outspoken proponent of holistic ranching and farming. He travels the country advocating for simpler, more earth-friendly methods of managing rural land, crops, and cattle.
That includes utilizing no-till farming; planting cover crops; implementing ultra-high density grazing; forging stronger local communities; resisting government incentives to expand and grow crops for export; and avoiding getting sucked into the vortex of always investing in the next product or service because some salesperson says you should or because others around you are doing it.