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Aluminum Free Tortillas: Are Food Labels Getting Out of Control?

The other night the hubby and I were in the kitchen. I was stirring some taco meat on the stove while the hubby was setting the table. He reached in the fridge and got out our usual staples for taco night: sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and flour tortillas.  He set the tortillas on the table and laughed. I turned around and asked “what’s up?” He proceeds to tell me, in case I was wondering, our tortillas were aluminum free.…

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Agriculture Advocacy Farming

An Open Letter to All People Who Love Food

Growing up one of my favorite dishes was my mom’s homemade spaghetti. I would always ask for it as a child and typically mom would tell me she could only do it on a Sunday. Once Sunday rolled around, I was so excited because it meant spaghetti day! I remember her pulling out the cast-iron pot, frying links of Italian sausage, her hands crushing those tomatoes. The spaghetti sauce always took several hours to cook down but it was the…

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Agriculture Advocacy Farming

If You Choose to Believe Bad Science, You’re the One With the Disadvantage

** title inspired by Julie Gunlock **  Ever since I wrote my post about The Truth Behind Toxic Wheat, I regularly get emails in my inbox of people wanting to engage me in “friendly discussion” and then proceed to tell me that I am the root of all evil simply because we use glyphosate on our farm. And it leaves me sort of scratching my head, huh… If you read that post, you should conclude that glyphosate is a fairly…

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Agriculture Advocacy

An Afternoon at Bogle Vineyards

One of the number one things critics of “Big Ag” continually re-iterate is that “agriculture is run by corporations, not family farms.” The reality of that statement is that many times, family is indeed still running the business whether it be large or small. And who defines what a large or small operation is? Bogle Vineyards is a great example of this exception, this gray area we often find in agriculture as well. Bogle wines can be found across the…

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Agriculture Advocacy

The Quality of Your Steak Begins on the Ranch

In order to understand how quality matters in the beef industry, we must first understand how our beef production system works. When I talk about beef production, I am referring to cattle that are raised specifically for the meat industry, these cattle are called beef cattle. Let’s start with some numbers… Did you know that more than 97% of beef cattle ranches are classified as family farms? And of those family farms nearly 79% of them have less than 50…

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Agriculture Advocacy Family Farming

What Is A Factory Farm? The Truth About Farms.

Several of my friends in Agriculture have posed the question to consumers… factory farm or family farm? You decide. Surely we have all heard the term factory farm before. But I don’t think anyone has ever defined for me what a factory farm is? What is it?  Is it a farm that farms over a certain amount of acres? Is it a farm that uses a lot of technology? Is it a farm that contains over a certain amount of…

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Agriculture Advocacy Farming

Agriculture Isn’t One Size Fits All

This weekend I was cruising social media and I was quite shocked to see a Chico News & Review article entitled, “Llano Seco drops Organic label“. Now to give you some background into what Llano Seco is and what they do, Rancho Llano Seco is one the largest remaining land owners in Butte County. This land, 17,767 acres, was given as a Mexican land grant in 1845 by Governor Pio Pico. The grant extends along the east bank of the…

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Agriculture Advocacy Faith

Stand Bold In The Face of Persecution

Do you ever have those moments where you hear something and immediately your mind applies the same principle to another facet of your life? That happened to me this week. As I was sitting amongst the pews in church on Sunday, the message spoke to me. It not only moved me in its content and how it applies to my life and my walk with the Lord, it moved me beyond that. My mind immediately went to agriculture. And our…

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Agriculture Advocacy Social Media

Agvocating Through the White Noise

Agriculture is an industry unlike any other. It has this power to ignite a passion in people from all walks of life. There’s something so personal about agriculture and something that connects with us on a deeper level than most industries. Social media has allowed agriculture to connect with people who are hundreds of miles away from farms and ranches. It allows the general public a firsthand look into the agriculture world. Social media also connects people within the industry.…

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Agriculture Advocacy Social Media

Never Stop Sharing…

When I first started blogging, I felt like no one was listening. It was like I was up on stage and all I could hear was crickets. Not even my mom was reading my blog because well, she wasn’t even online then. But I didn’t give up. I kept writing, I kept sharing, I kept being honest, I kept being myself. My one year blogging anniversary passed and I couldn’t believe how far I’d come in that amount of time.…

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