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    I'm a central Utah dairy farmer, a father, husband and that's about all there's time for. My farm has been in my family for 5 generations, and I am proud to continue the tradition. This newfangled thing called Twitter has opened up a whole new world to me and I am excited to share that with you. This blog is my story, but will also be the stories of other farmers all over the country.

Horses, ranching, family, life….A story about Jeff Fowle

Jeff Fowle runs his family ranch tucked away in the shadows of Mt. Shasta in northern California. Jeff is a 3rd generation rancher who hopes to one day pass it on to his son Kyle. They run cattle, sheep, horses and raise alfalfa. They have no outside help, it is a totally family run operation. Jeff and his family strive to be as efficient as possible to ensure that it will be there and profitable for the next generation to come.

Jeff’s favorite part of ranching is the peace and quiet he can find in the saddle of a horse. “There’s nothing like being on the back of a horse on a beautiful spring day.”

I was fortunate enough to get to know Jeff at the AgChat foundation conference last year in Nashville. Jeff is one of those guys who really makes you think. He challenges you to think before you speak then rethink it again. Jeff has truly been an inspiration to all of us who strive to make a difference in the social media world. I enjoy his thoughtfulness and insight on everything from ranching to religion & politics. He has definitely changed my way of thinking, for the better.

Wondering who this Holly Christine Productions is? Check out her own blog here

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September 12, 2012 - 5:12 am

wholesale nfl jerseys cheap - Good post. I just stumbled upon your topic and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your posts.

April 24, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Sunil - Daniel,This is interesting. I’m very glad to hear the aohtur’s defense of responsible and local resource managers. I’m not sure about all his points, though. Would you say you agree with his assessment that environmental regulations need to be rolled back to meet industry demands?The American environment has been under relentless assault since the arrival of European settlers (maybe starting earlier). What once may have seemed like rational use has become unsustainable exploitation as our population and consumptive patterns balloon. I don’t think it’s being narrow-minded of environmentalists to try to protect specific species (the smelt, the salmon) when they are indicators of larger ecological health. (And what about the livelihoods of fishermen? Do they not count?) Yes, unintended hardship does result from environmental protection. But how much environmental hardship results from economic protection? Is it even comparable?I do agree with the man, though, that policy needs to look at environmental protection alongside socio-economic impacts on rural communities. Rural communities are under a lot of pressure. They are often ignored. I think what we will find, however, is that the best, most balanced answer to their woes is not a simple rollback of environmental protection, but a comprehensive approach that recognizes we can’t keep doing things the same way we’ve been doing them for generations, but, there are ways to support rural economies (agricultural conservation programs, retooled subsidies, investment in alternative industries) that don’t have to come at the expense of long-term environmental health, which is, ultimately, the great underwriter of all our economic wealth.There can be incentives and policies established that allow farmers to (1) protect the health of their land and (2) apply the science and technology needed for sustainable agriculture and other rural industries. These are the changes we need to be working toward, not wasting our time deciding between farmers OR salmon. We need both. (I agree with Mr. Fowle on that point.) The difference is, farmers and the rest of us can adapt to a changing world. Fish cannot.

April 5, 2012 - 9:59 pm

Trent Bown - Your very welcome Denise! So glad that you like it.

April 5, 2012 - 9:39 pm

Denise - Love seeing young ones kick up their heels. I haven’t seen a gate like that since I left Iowa. Nothing like the smell of fresh cut hay!!! Memories… Can smell the hay now sitting on my patio in the city… Thank You!

April 3, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Michele Price @Prosperitygal - Seeing the horses made me miss my own from when my son was small ( he is now 30). Her name was Josie, she was an independent gal ( sounds familiar).

Thanks for sharing life in your world. AMEN about value of working WITH environment.

Thanks for keeping the tradition.

April 3, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Janice - I totally love what you guys are doing. They are moving pictures for sure! I think Kyle may be the cutest rancher EVER!

April 3, 2012 - 1:32 pm

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A day on the dairy with Ray

I first had the opportunity to chat with Ray on twitter. His passion for the industry, which he loves, was quick to shine through! Later, I got the chance to meet and talk with Ray in person at the Agchat foundation conference in Nashville. We had a few good conversations and I quickly knew he was someone I wanted to know more about.

We kept in contact and less than a year from first talking with him online, Ray was gracious enough to invite me onto his family’s dairy farm in Denair, California. When I started the UsFarmGuys project, Ray was one of the first people that came to mind! His knowledge of the industry is immeasurable and his passion for social media is downright infectious!

Ray runs his family’s dairy farm with his father & brothers where they milk 500 cows. Ray is also passing on his knowledge to his young son who can often be found working side by side with his dad. Ray hopes that his passion for the industry will live on through him.

 

This is the second installment of our “Featured Farmer” series, to see the first one “An evening in the almond orchard” click here

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April 24, 2012 - 7:12 am

Hiromi - Maybe combined with the priulovsey mentioned letter writing campaign these charts should be included so they know we are aware of who is lobbying and what their intent is. We can be sure that none of these lobby dollars were spent in favor of increased milk prices, and with the amount that is spent we can also be sure that any change will be somehow in their favor. Down to the very last one these are strictly processor lobbies, and not one is a producer lobby or friend to producers.

March 17, 2012 - 9:09 am

Denise - Love these post about farmers – they feed more therm USA, they feed other countries! This one stirred up ole memory of going to a near by farm to get cream to make butter for a grade school science project. Thank you!

March 13, 2012 - 6:27 pm

Holly Christine - Thanks for your great audio, Ray. It really makes the film.

March 13, 2012 - 8:08 am

Eric Danzeisen - Another Awesome video! Keep up the great work!

March 13, 2012 - 7:03 am

Ray - Thanks to Holly Bown for her awesome talents.

Oh an thanks to Trent Bown too.

Thankful to be a farmer!

Today is National Ag Day. Recently I’ve been reminded of the “thank a farmer” campaign I was involved in on twitter last year. At the time it felt right and I honestly enjoyed doing it. Lately I’ve been taking a slightly different approach….I want to give thanks for being a farmer!

 
I’ve been dwelling a lot lately on my families rich heritage of farming and how its evolved over time. There is a very small portion of my family still involved in agriculture in any way. I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of the family tradition. It gives me a lot to be thankful for. Its the only thing Ive ever known, simply because it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do! Farming is quite literally “in my blood”! When I look at the pictures of how my farm started out, compared to how it is now, it makes me swell with pride to know that I have played a small part in carrying on this great tradition. I want to thank my forefathers for starting this great way of life and carrying it on long enough to allow me to play a part in it.

 

 


While things have drastically changed from the way they used to be, I like to think that a lot has remained the same too…. I believe they had the same gratifying feeling I do at seeing a new healthy calf born. I imagine them feeling the exhausted, yet extremely pleased after a long day in the fields.

 
I truly believe these feelings and values are one of the best, most important things that those of us involved in agriculture try to cultivate with our own families and children everyday on our farms. It is my fondest memories of growing up on the farm. Those feelings of seeing my grandpa smile and sigh after finally sitting down in his chair, or of my own father going back out at all hours of the night, just to pull a calf. Without any hesitation and with a smile on our faces we do all of these things simply because we love doing them!

 
I know that my ancestors were thankful for everything that they were blessed with. I, too, am very thankful to be a farmer on this National Ag Day.  To see how much the farm has changed from the early 1900s check out this video.

 

Trent and Ian checking the milk cows in pen 8

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March 19, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Danny Garcia - No such thing like that here.

March 19, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Kelly M. Rivard (@KMRivard) - Great post, Trent. I feel so blessed to be a part of this industry — I’m grateful I can be! It’s allowed me to meet (and get supper with) fantastic folks such as you, and that’s on top of having the coolest, most fulfilling job in the world and a really exciting lifestyle than spans across both urban and rural.

Happy Ag Day, friend!

April 24, 2012 - 3:16 am

Zarka - Much talk on this with colleagues today Whether this conapmy is real or fake (I lean towards fake, but I don’t see the point of it), all the kneejerk FUD and way-cool marketing talk here is making more of this than it deserves. scnt has become mainstream since 1996 and, statements to the contrary .to produce cows along with pigs and the everpopular sheep. (Even dogs!) High-producing livestock sell for many tens of thousands $ on market yes, businesses use science for profit (gasp) .and yes, clones are doubtless in some foods today . Once you’ve done your due PubMed diligence to get the facts of it, if what you’re left with is the willies .fine but don’t spread it here. that’s a gut reaction .What I want to know is: what really is the issue? Is there anything special about cloning that demands real consideration? As I see it, it breaks down to issues that are already under scrutiny .not to lessen them, but they’re known . 1. reproductive tech generally . lots of issues, but keep in mind we’re talking animals not infertile people. Artificial insemination is already the rule in agriculture, it’s nothing new, and cloning doesn’t change the process 2. animal cruelty. again, no issues that AI .and of corse the use of animals for food don’t already bring. 3. longevity. that’s the crux of it I think .SCNT just extends the life of a specific gene set, ethically no different from extending the life of an individual 4. food contamination. The products are genetically identical, so why would there be any new issue? And besides this case is dairy ..that comes from cows old enough and healthy enough to have had calves, people, wouldn’t diseases have a chance to exhibit? we’re not talking about embryos or even veal here . 5. sanctity of life . no different from AI issue here, except maybe prolonging the gene set is actually helping value the life of the individual Am I missing something or is there some special issue that makes cloning different from standard practices already in livestock agriculture? If not, then at least be honest about following your gut reaction and not an analysis of the science and ethics of it at all.- Mel

March 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Thankful to BE a Farmer | thecowlocale - [...] Last year Trent Bown was involved in the “Thank A Farmer” campaign. This year, as he reflected on Ag Day (we celebrated yesterday – 3/8/12), he felt grateful to BE a farmer. Check out his post at USFarmGuys.  [...]

March 8, 2012 - 11:17 pm

Denise - Every day should be Thank The Farmer Day! THANK YOU!

An evening in the Almond Orchard

I would dare bet that an almond orchard is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a California farmer…but perhaps it should be.  California produces 41% of the worlds almonds with the next closest producer being Spain at only 13%. This is only one of the amazing things I learned from my recent visit to my good friend Brent Boersma’s beautiful almond orchards in the central valley of California.

Brent married his high school sweetheart Brooke, and worked in Youth ministry just outside of Compton for the first part of their lives together. They always knew that eventually they wanted to come back to the family buisness of Growing Almonds. Brent, Brooke and their 3 children now live right across the road from their beautiful orchards . What a breathtaking view to have in your yard!

Brent is a third generation almond farmer who came back to his families orchard to help carry on the family tradition of growing almonds. His Grandfather bought the farm in Ripon in the 40′s . He farms with his father & his uncle . They grow almonds on about 800 acres in Ripon. It started out as an experiment in between fields of alfalfa, then over the years they’ve gradually changed it all out to almonds.

Brent has a huge presence in the social media world and is one of the best at bridging Ag with the other areas of his life. He knows the importance of building good relationships through genuine conversations between farmers and the rest of the world. You can find Brent on twitter @4Gfarms also Brent Boersma Facebook

In case you missed our first featured farmer… Its right here…

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April 24, 2012 - 7:59 pm

Omran - - I adore the 10th photo down kissing on the while leainng on the scooter! Oh my word, perfect picture! I was talking this evening with Lynn and realized I hadn’t been on here in well, to long!!! So I stop by! Gorgeous work!!

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March 8, 2012 - 10:59 am

kimberly stewart - Amazing!!! Keep bringing us these little clips into the lives of the people who work hard to provide us food for life and thought.

March 6, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Trent Bown - Thankyou very much Janice

March 5, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Janice - Wanted to drop back back and share a video interview I did with Brent when I was out there… not NEARLY the quality you have done but I think this family’s farming history is so great, it covers for the other. :) http://janiceperson.com/2011/12/02/family-farm-history-almonds/

March 5, 2012 - 9:45 am

John Heida - Just watched this for the third time! A very well done video once again! Keep them coming and thanks for showing off Ripon!

March 4, 2012 - 12:52 pm

UsFarmGuy - Thanks Brent! Blame wikipedia for the bad info. Thanks for being so willing too help us out.

March 4, 2012 - 11:46 am

Brent Boersma - Quick fact correction: California actually produces right around 80% of the world’s almond supply, and 100% of the domestic supply…

March 4, 2012 - 11:41 am

Brent Boersma - awesome job you guys, honored to be a part of this!

March 4, 2012 - 8:00 am

UsFarmGuy - Thanks Eric! Computer is up and going, new videos should be plentiful soon!

March 4, 2012 - 7:44 am

Eric Danzeisen - Awesome job once again! Now we are going to be expecting more videos! Almonds are great! Thank you Brent for sharing your story too!

March 4, 2012 - 1:07 am

Denise - I enjoy reading your blog, learning more about different types of farming! Thank You. Plus, will need to check out your wife’s blog!

March 4, 2012 - 12:45 am

Marla - Awesome post…congrats the blog’s looks great!

March 4, 2012 - 12:43 am

Holly - Looks even better when views in full screen mode. :) Great post Trent!

A new beginning…. Everyday

Every day is a new beginning on our family’s dairy farm. We have five to eight calves born almost everyday! In fact, it is one of my favorite things about the farm because it is so rewarding & gratifying to bring new life into the world everyday.  It still feels like a small miracle every time it happens.

 

The calves are transferred to individual hutches at 2-3 days old. You might think to yourself…Why do you put them in hutches all by themselves? We certainly don’t do it out of convenience for ourselves, we do it for health reasons for the calf.

Part of the calves life cycle is that they get scours between 7 & 10 days old. When they are isolated they cannot continually spread the disease back and forth between themselves, and it allows them to recover quicker. It also eliminates the possible spread of other sicknesses such as pneumonia and colds.

 

This part of my job never gets old!

 

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April 24, 2012 - 4:49 am

Aisa - Unfortunattely the video ads don’t show up for me, although the page where they shulod be does. Might be because I’m in Canada.I think the two most revealing quotes on the website are In January 2008, government regulatory agencies declared milk and meat from cloned cows safe for human consumption. and We’re so proud that our milk comes from cloned cows, we say it right on the label. I guess it’s a hoax from a group wary about cloning, who want to (a) make people aware of this deregulation (and possibly generate some outrage), and (b) pressure the government to require such milk be labeled.I think the website could be somewhat effective. I followed a link there knowing from the name that it must be a hoax, looking for a laugh, and I learned about the lack of regulation of cloned-animal products. I wasn’t horrified (I’d probably drink that milk), but I do think such stuff shulod be labelled. Consumers shulod be able to make decisions about what to eat whether those decisions are based on science, superstition, religion, or whatever. Just like, while I’m not a vegetarian, I’m glad that all products containing meat are so labelled. Among other things, it protects the right of vegetarians not to eat meat.

February 29, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Eric Danzeisen - I agree! I always loved a new born calf! There is just something to the new life cycle of a dairy cow! Every one always seemed like a first!

February 28, 2012 - 12:29 pm

UsFarmGuy - This was not the post I had intended on doing, but due to computer issues its what I’ve got for now! New Featured Farmer videos coming soon! Thanks for your patience.

February 28, 2012 - 11:49 am

Janice - Love the photos!