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Breezy Hill Farm Update May. 24, 2020

Posted 5/24/2020 10:33pm by Art Ozias.


  • The ground beef pickup went like clockwork.  Thanks to all who came as scheduled.  Remember, add a tablespoon of breadcrumbs for each pattie.  After delivering almost 250 pounds to Parkville, Debra and I stopped for a grass finished hamburger at Tay's on Armour Boulevard in North KC.  I always compare a burger to Debra's and it didn't match up.  The hamburger patty was too thin and overcooked.  I got a double, two patties, and it would have been much better is they had made the double into a single, thicker and cooked it less.  When they are so thin, it is too easy to overcook and dry it out.  I applaud them for choosing to use grass finished beef, only would like to see a better profile for the burger.
  • Here's an update on the status of local processing.  Luckily, I decided a couple of months back to schedule with the local processor, even though I did not have the animals sold.  I only had two sold.  When I was told by the processor that my first chance was in June, I decided that something weird was happening and booked for eight.  Should have booked for more.  
  • Last Tuesday I delivered two to another processor for the ground beef.  He is now booked through March 2021.  Gilbert's is booked  through February.  I have 10 more to get processed this year.  Both have me on their list in case of a cancellation, and I have two in a nearby pasture just in case I get a call and can react quickly.
  • Hetherington's normally close  the entire month of November for deer season due to the extra cleaning required.  This year, however, they are accepting only deboned deer meat, so they can also process beef and pork.  I luckily was there  just after they made that decision and I immediately booked for eight in November.
  • So, here's the deal.  The first eight steers will go next week, and then, if I get a cancellation we'll take it.  If no cancellations, it will be NOVEMBER.  This is just CRAZY.
  • Asparagus is tailing off.  Strawberries are starting and they are beautiful.  Tomatoes will be planted tomorrow and  a short row of green beans and some melons.  Raised beds are full.  
  • Martin gourds are full.  They are now occupying the other martins houses.  They prefer the gourds.  I get them from S and K manufacturing near St. Louis.  I need to add another gourd motel 6 for next year.


The following is from OCA, Organic Consumers Association.

Stimulus package fails to put guardrails on aid for Big Ag

The biggest chunk of change for agriculture is $14 billion channeled through the Commodity Credit Corporation, a financing arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that was responsible for distributing aid to farmers harmed by President Trump’s disastrous trade war with China.

But the stimulus bill largely leaves the distribution of funds for agriculture in the hands of Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. If history is any indication, this will likely amount to a massive giveaway for industrial farm operations producing corn and soy for fuel, animal feed, processed foods, and exports, rather than family-scale farmers and ranchers that feed regional communities.

The stimulus package includes no caps on payments, no requirements to demonstrate that market losses are tied to coronavirus, and no guardrails to ensure money does not further enrich the top one percent of farmers like the China trade bailout did. An analysis from Environmental Working Group found that the top one percent of trade aid recipients received US$183,331 on average, with one farm receiving $2.8 million, while the bottom 80 percent received less than US$5,000 on average.

More aid should go toward regional food systems, healthy food, and family-scale farmers and ranchers

Rather than concentrating aid to corporate agribusiness, Congress should ensure that the majority of aid be directed toward small and mid-scale farmers and ranchers and local and regional food businesses that enable healthy food to get to people who need it most. The stimulus package includes $9.5 billion that could help these farmers through a provision that specifically names specialty crop producers and farmers and ranchers who supply local markets among the beneficiaries. Unfortunately, this money is also entirely at U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Perdue’s discretion.


Here is an excellent article I recently read in The Nation. It encapsulates very accurately the demise of rural America.


Rural America Doesn’t Have to Starve to Death



Here is an excellent interview. It is definitely worth your time to read the entire interview.


ACRES U.S.A. You assert that for the past 50 years climate science has been misguided by the assumption that carbon dioxide is the dominant greenhouse gas, not water vapor. How did this misunderstanding arise, and why does it persist?


That should get your attention. Read and learn about water.




We are very thankful to be able to buy such good meat.


Thank you and hope you are having a peaceful evening.
Barbara (from Parkville)









Left Out


If we’re serious about supporting America’s family farms, we better get serious about changing how we allocate the $20 billion/year in federal subsidy dollars for agriculture.

In this U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal podcast, Julie Davenson talks about how the U.S. subsidy system for agriculture is scaled to support two major crops and Big Ag. “Small family farms are left out,” she says.

Davenson, who runs Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H., a regenerative agriculture education center that includes a certified organic dairy operation, says the few programs available to small farms like hers involve so much paperwork and regulations, that it simply isn’t worth the effort.

“The financial benefit isn’t there,” Davenson says. “We need to level the playing field.”

Last September, along with Regeneration International and the Sunrise Movement, we launched the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal. The coalition is committed to advancing policies that support organic regenerative producers.

We recently launched the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal Podcast, to help elevate the voices of regenerative organic farmers. Check here for past and future podcasts.

Listen to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal podcast with New Hampshire dairy farmer, Julie Davenson

More about the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal





Art Ozias