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The importance of rural America — different strokes for different folks?

From farmer Joel Salatin, August 18, 2013, via the Polyface Farm FB page:

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Photo: USDAgov/Flickr

Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind USDA policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe. I did and still do consider it a distinct honor for his staff to invite me as one of the 25 dignitaries in Virginia Agriculture for this think-tank session in Richmond. Continue reading


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The Rural Revolution is here in Ontario

The backstory on this movie from Bob Mackie is that it was released about 2005. It sat in limbo since then, being shown only within The Ontario Landowners. CBC had it for six months and did nothing. And Bob has just gained a release to use it for YouTube and that’s why it’s finally seeing the light of day. But in spite of the fact that it was made 6 years ago, the problem it describes has not gone away.

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An old timer talks about when “milk” meant “raw milk” and “pasteurized” milk was the new kid on the block

Ray Crippen, writing for the Worthington Daily Globe, from a story titled “Everybody needs to drink milk — pasteurized milk:

“WORTHINGTON — Oh yes. In a time gone by — years and years gone by — I drank raw milk many times. I had five uncles who lived on farms. We visited uncles and their families quite regularly for Sundays, for birthdays. Every kid needed to have milk at every meal. That’s what everyone believed.

I loved chore time when the uncles and the cousins headed for the barns to milk the cows. Very often I had a stream of milk squirted in my direction. I can’t remember that I ever caught a stream with my mouth, but I had many glasses of milk which were only minutes from a cow. Continue reading

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Recently released government data paint a grim picture of the economic challenges faced by Ontario farmers

Here’s an excerpt from a recent letter to the editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times from Bette Jean Crews, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture:

Bette Jean Crews, OFA president

“Last week the federal government released farm income forecasts by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Ontario farmers, rural residents and all Ontario consumers should be very concerned with what is happening on our farms and to the sustainability of our local food supply.

The data paints a grim picture for Canadian farmers and Ontario family farms in particular. The 2009 total net income for Ontario farms was a loss of 330 million dollars. The forecast for 2010 shows a loss of a further half billion dollars. This will seriously impact our future food supply. Continue reading

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MNR stages a Michael Schmidt style raid on an Army Major butchering a pig in his garage for himself and a friend

The amateur butcher of Carlsbad Springs, Major Mark Tijssen with his sons. Landowner photo.

When I first read the story that follows, in the recent Dec. Jan. Landowner magazine, my first reaction was to note many similarities to the story of the raid on Michael Schmidt’s raw milk dairy farm in November of 2006. Continue reading


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A voice from rural Canada speaks up against the recent raw milk madness

Picture of countryside from Diannes Weblog

Picture of countryside from Dianne's Weblog

This excerpt is from “Dianne’s Weblog”, from a post titled “Prosecution of Organic Dairy Farmer is Ridiculous”:

“Last week, an organic dairy farmer from Owen Sound knowingly defined the government and the courts once again to stand up for what he truly believes in. Michael Schmidt has being selling raw and unpasteurized milk to his friends and neighbours for over 20 years. This is an illegal act in Canada because health officials say that the milk MIGHT carry various forms of bacteria. When Schmidt refused to stop selling his milk, he was charged and given a court order to cease sales. Schmidt, believing his milk was very safe to consume, continued to sell his milk to people who wanted it. Last week he was charged with contempt of court for knowingly defining a court order. Undeterred, Schmidt has asked the court for the highest penalty they can find, suggesting that he is willing to go to jail to prove his point. Continue reading

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