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Breezy Hill Farm Update Mar.30, 2020

Posted 3/30/2020 9:21pm by Art Ozias.


  • Well, here we are in another unbelievable week, and it looks like several more are in our future.  We are busy into our spring projects.  That helps.  No time to be bored.  Replace half of our house's shingles.  Had to remove the skylights as we have fought leaks for the past couple of years.  We tried multiple attempts to stop them from leaking.  So, we have four, still intact, skylights that someone could easily convert to cold frames.  They are 27 by 42 inches.  They are free to whomever.  Now would be a great time for someone to convert them and get your garden started.
  • The purple martin scouts returned last week and now this week the masses are returning.  The first barn swallow was spotted yesterday.  The turkey buzzards are also soaring overhead looking to clean up whatever remains for their "golden corral".
  • We had an unfortunate situation this past week.  One our very best cows broke her hip and we had to put her down.   Probably a result of what cows do, head butting and pushing around to establish alpha A and such.  Normally, nothing much happens, but when footing is mostly mud it can happen.
  • Radishes and arugula have sprouted.  Our second raised bed is filling with future food.  This crisis may just be the right time for everyone to consider gardening for your food.  We have some potatoes ready to be planted.  We have been waiting for ground to dry sufficiently.  We have planted in prior years and then it got so wet they rotted in the ground.


The Food Squad



Seven in 10 US shoppers buy organic poultry. Unfortunately, the birds consumers are most likely to find come from industrialized operations where they live in fixed housing with no meaningful outdoor access.

The Cornucopia Institute’s report, For the Birds: How to Recognize Authentic Organic Chicken and Turkey, uncovers critical issues in certified organic chicken and turkey production, including unsettling animal welfare and environmental concerns.

This research serves as a call to action. Our food dollars can safeguard ethical, organic poultry farmers and secure their essential role in the marketplace.

The accompanying Organic Poultry Scorecard surveys more than 60 marketplace brands of chicken and turkey, highlighting authentic organic producers and exposing industrial-scale, faux-organic producers and brands. This mobile-friendly rating tool points consumers to brands they can trust and warns of those to avoid.

Some of these problematic brands can be found on the Who Owns Organic Poultry? infographic, which reveals how some parent companies and suppliers of organic poultry brands provide consumers the illusion of choice. Perdue’s organic brands, identified here, dominate the organic poultry market with industrial-organic meat.

Contact Virginia at and get on her list for your chicken for this coming year.


Podcast with Dr Bush.


CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO//February 15, 2020//In the wake of Friday’s $15 million verdict for compensatory damages, the same Missouri jury in the closely watched Monsanto/Bayer and BASF dicamba trial returned a $250 million punitive damages verdict on Saturday. U.S. farmers with crop, fruit, and other broad leaf plant damage caused by the herbicide manufactured by Monsanto/Bayer and BASF will finally be able to get the justice they deserve, according to Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane (Peiffer Wolf) attorneys Paul Lesko and Joseph Peiffer. For more information, see


Peiffer Wolf attorney Paul Lesko said: “Farmers and landowners who have had crops damaged or destroyed by dicamba need to do one thing today: contact a lawyer to understand your rights to recover your losses.  Here at Peiffer Wolf, we have people standing by right now to answer the questions and concerns farmers may have about this $265 million award to a Missouri peach farmer.  Our advice is simple:  If you suffered damages from dicamba, the time to act is now.”


Peiffer Wolf managing partner Joseph Peiffer said: “The jury sent a clear message to Monsanto/Bayer and BASF that if you destroy a farmer’s livelihood, you will be held accountable.  On behalf of the farmers we currently represent and those who will seek out our help, we are encouraged by the fact that the jury recognized the lack of remorse of these companies.  This kind of outrageous conduct will only end when it is too expensive for Monsanto/Bayer and BASF to keep engaging in this bad behavior. Today’s verdict is just the beginning of our fight for justice against Monsanto/Bayer and BASF.”


Peiffer Wolf is fighting on behalf of farmers and landowners to seek maximum compensation for the damages suffered due to dicamba. If you suspect that your crops or plants have been damaged by dicamba, contact Peiffer Wolf by filling out an online contact form or by calling 314-833-4826.


In 2017, 3.6 million acres of soybeans on 2,708 farms nationwide were damaged by dicamba, according to the estimate of University of Missouri crop science professor Kevin Bradley. The Illinois Department of Agriculture found a five-fold increase in complaints — from less than 130 total complaints for all pesticides in 2016 to more than 700 for dicamba alone in 2019.


While local authorities have leveled some fines against farmers who misuse dicamba, most damage goes unreported. When violations are found, the typical response appears to be a warning letter. For those rare times when fines are assessed, it’s typically a $200 to $1,000 payment that goes directly to the state … not to the farmers who suffered damages. According to Modern Farmer, farmers impacted by dicamba will lose an estimated 10 to 30 percent of their annual crop yield. If farmers want justice, it looks like the court system is the only place to go.


Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane, APLC is a national law firm with offices in Missouri, Cleveland, Austin, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.




Art Ozias