fbpx

An Open Letter to PETA (and Any Other Anti-Ag)

tfrnetwork November 6, 2019 1 Comment

An Open Letter to PETA (and Any Other Anti-Ag)

“Before you ridicule us or our way of life, make sure you’ve got your facts straight and your belly isn’t full because we are the sole reason you’re not naked or hungry.  We are the ones who wake up every morning and feed horses, till soil, doctor pigs, harvest crops and assist cows in giving birth.  We keep you clothed; we keep you fed…WE are the backbone of this country because it’s just what we do.” An Open Letter to PETA (and Any Other Anti-Ag) WARNING: The following text contains sensitive content related to sexual misconduct. Yes, this was very uncomfortable for me to write about but someone needed to set the record straight. Sorry in advance if this makes you uncomfortable as well. -M. Purviance Dear PETA, I, personally, do not have a problem with the core of your organization.  I actually admire your commitment to standing up for what you believe […]

Read More

The First Gen Farmer – Meet The Elliotts of Maeday Farm

tfrnetwork October 28, 2019 No Comments

The First Gen Farmer – Meet The Elliotts of Maeday Farm

  Meet Meredith and Steven Elliott of Maeday Farm in Walnut Hill FL One of the most appealing aspects of farming is that it allows you to become much more self-sufficient. It’s a career where you can continue to learn something new, and keep trying different techniques and growing methods until you find one that’s successful. We love challenging ourselves and farming is a good fit for that. – The Elliotts on being First Generation Farmers Seeking more from life than their corporate jobs in Austin TX could provide, Meredith and Steven Elliott took a chance, moved across the country and bought a farm in Florida in hopes of finding a greater sense of purpose. We wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of a hard day – and we each found that it was difficult to get that feeling after a day filled with meetings in […]

Read More

The First Gen Farmer – Meet Philip Frank

tfrnetwork October 13, 2019 No Comments

The First Gen Farmer – Meet Philip Frank

  Meet Philip Frank of Cotter F in Grand Junction, CO Hailing from Western Colorado near the Utah border, Philip Frank is taking on the entrepreneurial spirit and putting his newly acquired college degree in business to use by widely diversifying his new operation for greater stability. Raising hay and running cattle of his own, along with his custom haying and tractor work, he stays busy in a variety of areas – working to make connections and establish himself in his community as he grows. Being a first generation producer is being an entrepreneur, and if you can embrace that entrepreneurial mindset and apply it to more than just your operation, I believe you will come out way ahead in the long run. I realized more and more that my two passions are entrepreneurship and agriculture… My passion continues to grow and I find more and more ideas I would […]

Read More

Happy National Farmers Day

tfrnetwork October 12, 2019 No Comments

Happy National Farmers Day

To us, every day should be a celebration of our farmers, but of course we have to hit the official day of with a tip of the hat in thanks to the 2% of the population that feeds the world. Thank you for the late nights and early mornings away from your family, pouring your heart and soul – blood, sweat, and tears into sustaining the world. Without you, we’d be without our food, fuel, and fiber and in a world of trouble.   Did you know in 1960, the average US farmer fed an average of 26 people. Compare that to today, where the average farmer feeds approximately 155 people. They can grow twice as much with greater efficiency – using less land, energy, water, and creating fewer emissions. Here are some interesting facts from the American Farm Bureau Federation: There are approximately 2 million farms across America’s rural […]

Read More

The First Gen Farmer – Meet The Archie Family

tfrnetwork October 1, 2019 No Comments

The First Gen Farmer – Meet The Archie Family

  Meet the Archie Family of Bar 7 Ranch in Turnersville, TX The Archie Family from Bar 7 Ranch in Turnersville, TX – like many involved in agriculture – wear lots of different hats on a daily basis. Heavily involved in their local community in everything from Club Managers in 4-H, managing social media for their county Farm Bureau and church, and maintaining their local businesses and full time “town jobs” – Erika and her husband Cody stay very busy. As first generation ranchers, they’ve started their own cattle operation where they buy and sell bred heifers, as well as manage two other cattle operations in Central Texas. With a deep love for  the lifestyle that they’re able to raise their children Kylee and Clancy in, they’ve recently invested in a sheep herd for the kids as well with the hope that they’ll continue to gain the hard earned lessons […]

Read More

The First Gen Farmer – A Series

tfrnetwork September 25, 2019 No Comments

The First Gen Farmer – A Series

The average age of a the farmer is around 60 years old – and trending older every year. Those of us in agriculture are in an unprecedented time where we are relentlessly attacked by consumers, social media, and even the government *cough cough Green New Deal*. Farming and ranching can be a darn risky business. Kind of like high stakes poker, all of your cash goes into bet – but in this case it’s a commodity like crops or cattle – where you hope and pray the weather will cooperate, pests stay away, animals don’t get sick, nothing dies, and the commodity markets don’t collapse. This of course doesn’t even take into account the capital needed for equipment, fencing, land, and everything else needed just for an operation to function on a daily basis. Agriculture is a tough field to be in. Most of us are in it because we […]

Read More

IMPORTANT! Share Your Thoughts About Free Trade and Ratifying USMCA

tfrnetwork September 14, 2019 2 Comments

IMPORTANT! Share Your Thoughts About Free Trade and Ratifying USMCA

The trade relationship with Canada and Mexico is critical to American farmers. In 2018, food and agricultural exports to Canada were $20.6 billion, and $19 billion to Mexico. This makes Canada and Mexico the top two food and agricultural export markets for the United States. Tell Congress NOW is the time to support U.S. agriculture through trade by ratifying USMCA. Uncertainty about North American trade has threatened trade relationships that support U.S. exports and jobs. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Would likely raise U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion annually; Increases agricultural and food exports by $2.2 billion annually; and Expands our market access into Canada and Mexico. The U.S. exported $40 billion’ worth of farm goods to Canada and Mexico last year. Those exports included multiple commodities from across the country, which makes passage of USMCA vital to every state. Ask Congress to ratify USMCA now! (From the American Farm Bureau […]

Read More

WOTUS Rule Repealed

tfrnetwork September 12, 2019 No Comments

WOTUS Rule Repealed

BIG NEWS! WOTUS (Waters of the United States) Rule has been repealed. This is great news for farmers and ranchers, as the WOTUS rule was nothing but burdensome regulation that make our jobs even harder. Press Release Secretary Perdue Statement on EPA WOTUS Announcement (Washington, D.C., September 12, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for taking another step to fulfill President Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. “Repealing the WOTUS rule is a major win for American agriculture. The extreme overreach from the past Administration had government taking the productivity of the land people had worked for years,” Secretary Perdue said. “Farmers and ranchers are exceptional stewards of the land, taking great care to preserve it for generations to come. President Trump is making good on his promise to reduce burdensome regulations to free […]

Read More

So God Made a Farmer…

tfrnetwork August 27, 2019 No Comments

So God Made a Farmer…

  And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.”  So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer. “I need somebody with arms strong enough to wrestle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild…somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait for lunch until his wife’s done feeding visiting ladies – then tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon – and mean it.”  So God made a farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt… and watch it die, […]

Read More

Are you a farmer or rancher that was negatively impacted by the trade disruptions? | USDA Market Facilitation Program

tfrnetwork August 18, 2019 No Comments

Are you a farmer or rancher that was negatively impacted by the trade disruptions? | USDA Market Facilitation Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose commodities have been directly impacted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? The Market Facilitation Program was created for producers just like you. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced May 23, 2019 that USDA would again provide aid to assist farmers hurt by trade disruptions prompted by unjustified foreign retaliatory tariffs on their products through MFP. President Trump authorized USDA to provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments through MFP for 2019 to assist impacted producers, which is in line with the estimated impacts of the retaliatory tariffs on – and non-tariff barriers to exports of – U.S. agricultural goods. Sign up through December 6, 2019. APPLICATION Q&A: What commodities are covered? non-specialty crops, including alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, […]

Read More