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Posted 1/27/2019 8:09pm by Art Ozias.


  • Not much happening as more cold weather (-5 Wednesday) is due this week.  We had two decent days and this afternoon the mud came back.  I'll wait until afternoon tomorrow to feed hay when ground is again frozen.  Tractors and mud, cows and mud, pastures and mud and me and mud, not a good combo.
  • Ground beef pickup will be this Saturday 12-1.  I will know the amounts on Wednesday and will send an email to those getting their requested amounts.  About half on my list will be getting an email.  The rest will get theirs on the next harvest on Mar. 2.


Ben & Jerry's tried to get the lawsuit against them - for fraudulent and deceptive labeling and marketing - dismissed, but a judge ruled otherwise. The suit, which calls the company out for claiming to be all-natural and environmentally responsible while sourcing its dairy from polluting, inhumane and unjust CAFOs - will move forward.




  • According to the latest survey, 1 in 40 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 is now on the autism spectrum
  • A former expert witness for the government claims the Department of Justice misrepresented his opinion, and that he in fact found evidence of a link between autism and vaccinations in certain children
  • Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing an estimated 250,000 Americans each year; side effects from drugs, taken as prescribed, account for the vast majority of iatrogenic deaths
  • Aside from educating yourself on the risks and benefits of vaccines, 10 additional suggestions are offered that can help you avoid medical injury, including doing due diligence before undergoing colonoscopy and enlisting a personal health advocate during hospitalization
  • Other suggestions include knowing the most effective protocol for sepsis, optimizing vitamin D rather than getting the flu shot, avoiding antibiotics and drugs unless absolutely necessary, and using drug-free strategies to treat pain 


Remember, Sharyl Attkisson, Stonewalled????

According to a Full Measure report by award-winning investigative reporter and former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a pediatric neurologist, was the pro-vaccine expert witness the government used to debunk and turn down autism claims in vaccine court.

"Zimmerman was the government's top expert witness and had testified that vaccines didn't cause autism. The debate was declared over," Attkisson reports. "But now Dr. Zimmerman has provided remarkable new information."

He claims that during the vaccine hearings all those years ago, he privately told government lawyers that vaccines can, and did cause autism in some children. That turnabout from the government's own chief medical expert stood to change everything about the vaccine-autism debate. If the public were to find out …

And he has come forward and explained how he told the United States government vaccines can cause autism in a certain subset of children and [the] United States government, the Department of Justice [DOJ], suppressed his true opinions."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., chairman of The World Mercury Project, was the one who convinced Zimmerman to speak out about the cover-up. In a sworn affidavit, dated September 7, 2018, Zimmerman states that, in 2007, he told DOJ lawyers he had "discovered exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism."

"I explained that in a subset of children … vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation … did cause regressive [brain disease] with features of autism spectrum disorder," Zimmerman writes.

A week after this 2007 meeting, the DOJ fired him, saying his services would no longer be needed. According to Zimmerman, the DOJ then went on to misrepresent his opinion in future cases, making no mention of the exceptions he'd informed them of. Kennedy has now filed a fraud complaint with the DOJ Inspector General.



Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 1/20/2019 8:04pm by Art Ozias.


  • The next ground beef pick up date will be Feb. 2 at the farm from 12-1pm.  On Jan. 30 I'll have the numbers and will be sending an email to those on the list.  There will not be enough for all the requests, so I was able to schedule another date in Feb.  Those not getting their request filled will move to the top of the list for that harvest.
  • Wow, 11+ inches of snow and then temperatures near or just above freezing and that means MUD.  It's much better to have the ground frozen.  
  • We are caught up on Dirt Hogs.  Those on the list will be getting an email next week.  We are sure enjoying our pork from the last one.  We had a pork roast with our homemade kraut and it was excellent.


On October 9, the Organic Consumers Association reported that samples of Maseca white and yellow corn flour tested positive for concerning levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

Testing also revealed that the some Maseca flour samples tested as high as 94.15 percent for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMO). That’s a startling finding, given that GMO crops are not allowed to be grown commercially in Mexico. Those findings can mean only one thing—Mexico-based Gruma, which owns the Maseca brand, is importing GMO corn from the U.S. to produce its flour, sold all over the world, including in Mexico and the U.S.

Maseca, the leading global brand of Mexican corn flours, plainly states on its website:

“MASECA is made of 100% natural corn and is vital for the good diet, its high nutritional value and is synonym of health and energy.”

And yet, our tests show that samples of both white and yellow Maseca brand flours contain traces of Monsanto’sRoundup weedkiller. Tests also show that most of the flours are made with GMO corn.

That’s bad news for U.S. consumers. It’s even worse news for consumers in Mexico, who might rightly assume that the Mexican brand of corn flour they use to make tortillas wouldn’t be made from GMO corn—because open-field growing of GMO corn is prohibited in Mexico.

Are those tortillas you've been making with Maseca flour toxic?




  • Eating too much damaged omega-6 fat and too little animal-based omega-3 sets the stage for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's and more

  • Research shows replacing saturated fat with omega-6 oils raises your risk of death if you have heart disease

  • Omega-6 fat in and of itself is not the problem. Linoleic acid is also found in foods such as nuts, seeds and eggs, and is important for health. The problem is that we now eat far too much of it, and in oxidized form

  • Omega-6 linoleic acid reduces omega-3 in your body by competing with the omega-3 ALA for metabolism to the longer chained PUFAs, EPA and DHA

  • Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is initiated by the oxidation of the linoleic acid inside the LDL particles, and oxidized LDL is associated with the development of atherosclerosis.



  • Sanderson Farms, the third-largest poultry producer in the U.S., has stood firm against the tide of calls to reduce antibiotic use, vowing to continue using the drugs in their chickens, going so far as to use it as a selling point

  • Sanderson Farms advertises their chicken as 100 percent natural. However, tests reveal a number of questionable and potentially hazardous drugs in Sanderson’s chicken

  • Center for Food Safety and Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against Sanderson June 22, 2017, alleging the company’s “100% Natural” claim is false and misleading, as testing reveals their chickens contain human and veterinary antibiotics, tranquilizers, growth hormones, steroids and pesticides

  • Sanderson’s motion to dismiss the case was recently denied and the lawsuit will move forward

  • Public pressure is finally starting to pay off. November 30, 2018, Sanderson announced it will discontinue two antibiotics deemed medically important for humans for disease prevention by March 1, 2019


For years, experts have warned we may soon be at a point where virtually all antibiotics fail, and once that happens, it will be devastating to modern medicine. What can you do to minimize your risk? Three key recommendations that can help reduce your risk for antibiotic-resistant infections include:

  1. Avoiding antibiotics unless your infection is severe enough to warrant it

  2. Staying out of hospitals as much as possible — Treatment using medical scopes is particularly risky.27 Also remember that antibiotics do not work for viral infections such as cold or flu

  3. Buying only organic or biodynamic grass fed meats  and animal products — Remember nearly all meat served in restaurants and on planes are raised in factory farms and therefore more prone to contamination with potentially drug-resistant bacteria.  (BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE "GRASS FED MEATS" LINK ABOVE)




Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 1/11/2019 12:51pm by Art Ozias.


  • I received a call from one of my Dirt Hog farmers.  He has some ready to sell.  I am updating my list to make sure your requests are current.  If anyone else is interested in a half or whole Dirt Hog let me know NLT Sunday.  Price is still very good.  They will be processed at Nadler's in Wellington.
  • I have scheduled a ground beef day for Feb 2.  I do not have enough orders for two beeves, so I am taking in only one.  Requests will be filled on a first come basis, then when I have enough for another beef we will fill those requests later.  I will be contacting those on the list to see if roasts or briskets are wanted.   Last time several people ordered both.  
  • It looks like I will start feeding some hay, as they are forecasting a significant snow storm this weekend.  My stockpiled grass pastures have been exceptional.  Cows are in excellent condition.  I wish all could see them.   We weighed them yesterday, so we know how many are available.  The relative mild winter and stockpiled grass has extended are grazing period.  It turned out much better than it looked in September, when it was so  dry.
  •  For you gardeners, it's time to start some onion seeds, and soon it will be time to start other seeds.  Until then enjoy browsing those seed catalogs, and make plans and order your seeds (your food) for this coming year.


According to a study published in the journal PNAS January 18, 2018, people who receive the seasonal flu shot and then contract influenza excrete infectious influenza viruses through their breath. What’s more, those vaccinated two seasons in a row have a greater viral load of shedding influenza A viruses.

They also note that other studies suggest annual flu vaccination leads to reduced protection against influenza, which means each vaccination is likely to make you progressively more prone to getting sick.

Read the entire article. It's that time of year and you need to know some facts if you choose not to get vaccinated.


So, if you’re going to gamble, which odds would you rather have — a 1 in 71 chance of being protected against respiratory infection, or a 1 in 33 chance (or 1 in 4 should you be severely vitamin D deficient)? Despite such evidence, when was the last time a public health authority even mentioned vitamin D as a preventive measure?



  • Cholesterol, long vilified as the cause of cardiovascular disease, is a vital component to nearly every cell in your body for the construction of cell membranes, regulation of cell signaling and neurological health

  • A recent review of three large industry-funded studies found it was impossible for cholesterol to be the main cause of heart disease as those with low levels had the same levels of arterial sclerosis as those with high levels

  • The same study found benefits claimed by statin supporters are ineffective and unsafe, as statements are invalid, compromised by misleading statistics and excluding information from unsuccessful trials

    • Heart disease is driven by a chronic inflammatory response in your body you may impact through adequate intake of magnesium, reducing insulin secretion, balancing omega-3 and omega-6 fat ratio and maintaining iron levels in safe limits


    Bad Burgers


    The world’s largest meat packer, JBS Tolleson, is recalling nearly 7 million pounds of beef after an investigation identified JBS as the common supplier of ground beef products sold to people who developed Salmonella Newport, a disease that causes fever and diarrhea, weakness, dyspnea and, potentially, sudden death.

    As of October 4,
    57 people in 16 states had been sickened by JBS beef.

    If that’s not enough to make you swear off industrial factory farm beef, here’s more food for thought: There’s a good chance the JBS beef was contaminated because it contained a combination of cattle raised for beef, and dairy cows sent off for slaughter because they were too sick to produce milk.

    According to an 
    article published this week in The New Food Economy, scientists have known since the 1980s that dairy cows are a primary reservoir of Salmonella Newport. The authors say the facts point to an “ongoing food safety crisis hidden in plain sight.”

    One way to address that crisis? End industrial dairy farming which creates the conditions that make cows susceptible to a host of painful and debilitating illnesses, including Salmonella Newport.

    Read ‘Another Reason to End the ‘Dirty Dairy’ Industry: Contaminated Hamburgers'


Art Ozias

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Posted 12/11/2018 5:54pm by Art Ozias.


  • Here is the correct link for the North Carolina hog CAFO article.
  • All requests for grass finished freezer beef have been filled for this year.
  • Was able to get on processor's schedule for Jan 14.  
  • Any more freezer beef will depend on weather this winter.
  • Will have a ground beef day in Feb or Mar.
  • Should be more dirt hogs in Jan or Feb.



  • About two weeks prior to harvest of grain crops like wheat, oats and barley, glyphosate is sprayed onto the crop as a desiccant, which accelerates the drying process, allowing for earlier harvest

  • Applying this toxic chemical to crops so soon before harvest is one likely reason why levels of glyphosate have been rising in humans

  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and other consumer groups have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the amount of glyphosate residues allowed in oats from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 0.1 ppm, as well as prohibit the use of glyphosate as a preharvest desiccant

  • The 0.1 ppm limit for glyphosate on oats was actually the legal limit in 1993 — it has since been raised 300-fold, in response to a petition from Monsanto around the time farmers began to widely use glyphosate as a desiccant late in the season



Here's another example of how we taxpayers are subsidizing big AG. Shouldn't AG pay for this since they are causing the problem?? But that would make their “food” cost more and in turn would help to level the playing field with organic production. Oh well, I guess we'll get another Ag bill from congress that continues with the same subsidizing of Big AG.

Industrial Farms and CAFOs Are the Primary Sources of Water Pollution

In the greater Des Moines area alone, a region that’s home to more than 500,000 people, a water filtration facility that cost more than $4 million was installed in 1991, and it costs $7,000 a day to run. Water prices have risen up to 10 percent a year to cover rising filtration costs, and it still can’t keep up with all the nitrogen flowing into the water, according to environmental journalist Mark Schapiro.3

Now the city is facing a need for another $15 million filtration system or it will be forced to find new groundwater sources. In the meantime, people in the state have been plagued with increased risks of cancer 4 and birth defects,5 likely linked to the nitrogen-contaminated drinking water.

A report released by the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) summarized the health risks of nitrates in drinking water.20 Researchers reviewed over 100 studies on the health effects of nitrates in drinking water and found multiple studies linked them to birth defects, bladder cancer and thyroid cancer.


The local issue with Valley Oaks has been temporarily solved in favor of the local citizens.  We'll see if the decision is final.  I'm sure there will be more.  CAFO's don't die easily.  Too much money involved.



Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 12/9/2018 8:02pm by Art Ozias.


  • During the last group of dirt hogs, one person could not be reached in time.  Deer season was approaching and the processor could not wait.  I took it and am enjoying the breakfast sausages and the homemade pon haus/scrapple.  Sure is good for breakfast with our eggs and Debra's sourdough bread.
  • I cured the bacon and it also is very good.  Curing bacon is so easy.
  • Just finished a gallon of homemade kraut.  Again very easy to make.  We sold a bunch of kraut making items.  I hope they are being used.
  • We have some extra kefir grains.  Also, have fed some SCOBY's to our chickens.  Anyone wanting to start making their own KOMBUCHA, let us know and we can save one for you.
  • We have a new house phone and it definitely eliminates crank calls.  If you call, you have to give your name.  No name, and the phone won't even ring.  It's a Motorola.
  • We may have a split half and maybe a half of a beef also available this month.  I have sent out a couple of notices and have not heard back.  As is always the case, we reserve and we notify, BUT if there's no response in a reasonable time we go to the next person wanting to order. We lowered the price per pound to $4 for the remainder of this year.  We only have one beef left.  Next harvest will be next year, probably in May.
  • We are very close to having ground beef ready.  Due to holidays, we will wait until January.


Ever get headaches??


The widely-adopted, factory farm, "bigger is better" food system has reached a point where the fundamental weaknesses of it are becoming readily apparent, and foodborne disease and loss of nutrient content are just two of the most obvious side effects.

It's a proven fact that factory farmed and processed foods are far more likely to cause illness than unadulterated, organically-grown foods. This connection should be obvious, but many are still under the mistaken belief that a factory operation equates to better hygiene and quality control, when the exact opposite is actually true.

A pig rolling in mud on a small farm is far "cleaner" in terms of pathogenic bacteria than a factory-raised pig stuck in a tiny crate, covered in feces, being fed an unnatural diet of genetically modified grains and veterinary drugs.


The Hog Sh*t Floodwater Of Hurricane Florence Is No Accident


This is an OZY Special Briefing, an extension of the Presidential Daily Brief. The Special Briefing tells you what you need to know about an important issue, individual or story that is making news. Each one serves up an interesting selection of facts, opinions, images and videos in order to catch you up and vault you ahead.


What happened? After 57 people in 16 states were sickened by beef thought to be contaminated with a salmonella strain this week, the Tolleson meat company in Arizona recalled 6.5 million pounds of raw beef. That includes hundreds of products marked with “EST. 267” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture  inspection mark, and it constitutes the biggest recall in several years. But beef wasn’t the only food to be recalled: In the past week, 89,000 pounds of ham were recalled due to listeria after one person died. And an egg-borne salmonella outbreak grew, with 24 more cases across five states despite last month’s recall of contaminated eggs from Alabama’s Gravel Ridge Farms.

Why does it matter? This year has seen a spike in food recalls, and that could lead to even more regulations aimed at protecting consumers from shoddy factory and food production practices. Tolleson was called out by federal regulators last year for "egregious" and "inhumane" livestock conditions. Last month, the USDA issued draft rules that could see future recalls routinely name not just the food’s manufacturer but also the retailers that might sell the tainted products, in an attempt to better protect the public. This is occasionally done already but isn’t yet common practice.


The year of food poisoning. There has been a jump in reported tainted food this year, from Goldfish crackers to lettuce. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Experts say it’s at least partially the result of advances in technology that allow the Centers for Disease Control to identify more threats. In some cases, such as with Goldfish, a swift recall prevented any reported illnesses. But there are more culprits to consider, like food chains that include more imports and Americans’ love of pre-chopped fruits and vegetables.

Long-term impact. A recent study from the University of Georgia found that companies feel the pain for years after a recall. Data from beef recalls from 1996 to 2016 showed that cattle prices took a hit for as long as two years after the incident. Not only that, but multiple recalls can add up: In 1998, farmers lost $454 million in revenue after a jump in recalls over the previous two years. So far, it’s too soon to tell how the latest recalls will hit the farming industry’s bottom line. But the study suggests that because such recalls can be so expensive, it’s producers who ought to invest more to prevent them.

International impact. American meat producers are already on shaky ground after President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products led to retaliatory tariffs on U.S. beef. Beijing had only lifted a 14-year ban on American beef imports due to mad cow disease in June 2017, and farmers were already struggling to gain a foothold in the world’s second-largest beef market (after the U.S.) — but at least the newness of the market for American farmers means these tariffs may not hugely affect their bottom lines. Meanwhile, U.S. pork producers have been hit with high retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico this year, as well as recalls of 89,096 pounds of ham this month owing to potential listeria contamination and 42,246 pounds of sausage in September that may have been contaminated with plastic.

Safety at home. Unlike E. coli or listeria contamination, it’s not actually against the rules to sell meat contaminated with salmonella. Heating salmonella past 160 degrees Fahrenheit kills the bacteria, so if the meat is cooked it shouldn’t be a problem — a loophole the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has used since the Nixon era to explain the discrepancy, despite protests from public health watchdogs. As it stands, authorities wait for salmonella cases to pop up and then investigate which product may have caused it before asking companies to recall the food voluntarily. That only applies to meat and poultry, though — fish, cereal, produce and other food products are under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration, which makes recalls mandatory.







  • According to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, glyphosate may kill bees by altering the bacterial composition in the bees’ guts, making them more prone to fatal infections

  • Researchers call for improved guidelines for glyphosate use, as current guidelines assume bees are not harmed by glyphosate-based herbicides

  • Roundup reduces beneficial bacteria in the colon of female rats. Regardless of the dose — 0.1 ppb, 400 ppm or 5,000 ppm — the animals’ gut bacteria underwent significant changes

  • Glyphosate’s primary mode of action is that it shuts down amino acid synthesis, followed by inhibition of protein synthesis necessary for plant growth. This also causes the plant to be more susceptible to soil microbes, including pathogens

  • Roundup, dicamba and 2,4-D promote antibiotic resistance by priming pathogens to more readily become resistant to antibiotics; all three herbicides increase antibiotic-resistance of E. coli and salmonella specifically


Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 11/11/2018 8:05pm by Art Ozias.



Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 11/7/2018 4:02pm by Art Ozias.
  • Weighed the remaining beeves and have three that are ready.  Would like to move them before cold winter weather.  We took one in today and have reduced the price per pound to $4/#.   For your planning each half weighed 310 lb.  I should be able to get a schedule for the end on November.  That would mean you would get your beef sometime in early December.



  • The average person will suffer over 9,500 cuts, bruises and other minor mishaps in their lifetime, increasing their risk for infection; seniors risk acquiring non healing wounds costing nearly $32 billion annually

  • Researchers from Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University found Oregon blue clay has antibacterial properties to fight wound infections, including those from antibiotic resistant bacteria

  • Diatomaceous earth (DE) and bentonite clay have risen in popularity due to their health benefits for both humans and their pets; DE is available in food, pest control or pool grade and is effective against fleas, ticks and lice

  • Bentonite clay has also demonstrated health benefits, including reducing skin inflammation such as psoriasis or eczema, treating dandruff or as a natural deodorant


Some great information for pets in this article!!


Joel Salatin: Communicating Ecological Eating

February 1, 2016 in Eco-Living & HealthFarm ManagementOpinion

This article first appeared in the February 2016 issue of Acres U.S.A.

Six Key Messages for Consumer Outreach



Art Ozias

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Posted 11/3/2018 8:51pm by Art Ozias.


  • I think the Plovers have finally gone south for the winter.  Now I can grade our lane that was damaged a little from the past rains.  The Plovers always make their nests right in the middle of the lane.  Their eggs are camouflaged with the white gravel.
  • I visited with Tom Gilbert (Gilbert's meat processing) recently and he was complaining about people requiring that their beeves are dry aged for three weeks.  He said it is such a pain to trim the hair off.  So, dry aging is a rotting process with bacteria causing the meat to essentially spoil.  It makes the meat more tender.  However, the mold grows and becomes "hairy,"  growing to over an inch.  They now power wash the side and then spend time trimming to remove it completely.  It ties up his cooler space, as they hang in the cooler longer and he can't take new beeves as the cooler is full.  Also, he has to keep the temperature lower as that retards the growth somewhat.  We only dry age our beeves for 10 to 12 days and preclude the "hair" problem.
  • We have started a new list for Dirt Hogs.  The last list worked very well.  
  • Have you noticed that there is a lot less High Fructose Corn Syrup?  Remember, last year they tried to change the name  and  failed.  Now you will notice "fructose sugar".  It used to be HFCS-42, now it is HFCS-90 and is "fructose sugar".  BE AWARE AND KNOW WHAT IS ON THE LABEL.  Sugar can be beet sugar which is genetically modified.  Make sure it is cane sugar!!!
  • Recently, we received our quarterly issue of WISE TRADITIONS, fall 2018.  If anyone is considering or has already done some research on the  HPV vaccine, be sure to read the article by Nelson.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH!!!  I was lucky, WAP had already posted the article on their website.   Their website has a lot of great articles.  You may want to bookmark their site.



  • Raw milk vending machines provide a convenient outlet for residents in many countries to stock up on what is considered a healthy and wholesome food

  • Self-service machines may be found at farmers markets and small farms as well as in shopping centers and near schools and playgrounds

  • Farmers are connected to the units via a real-time cell phone app, which sends out an alert if there’s a temperature change and even lets farmers check into the machine’s status at any time; inspectors are also given key cards so they can access the machines

  • While many Europeans are free to enjoy a glass of crisp raw milk anytime they like courtesy of self-serve vending machines. In North America selling raw milk is often forbidden

  • In Canada, it’s illegal to sell or give away raw milk, a law that’s enforced in many provinces and is punishable by fines and, in some cases, jail time.


Vote. Please.

the word VOTE spelled out with wooden scrabble game tiles

This is the part of our newsletter where we remind you each week that our work depends on you, and that we need your support.

This week, we’re going to ask for something else: If you care about your health, if you care about safe, pesticide-free food, if you care about clean, safe water and a pollution-free environment, if you care about animal welfare, please, please vote on November 6.

Like it or not, food is political. When your tax dollars are used to subsidize the growing of GMO crops that compromise your health and foul your drinking water, that’s because politicians voted to subsidize a degenerative food and farming system, not a regenerative one.

When factory farms are allowed to pollute your water and air with impunity, that’s because politicians have passed exemptions to laws that others are required to follow.

When yet another factory farm goes up in a poor, rural community, that’s because local politicians wrote zoning laws to allow them, and tax laws to reward them.

When schools use Roundup weedkiller on your kids’ playgrounds, and cities spray Roundup on local parks and roadsides, that’s because elected school board officials and city council members allow it.

You still have time to research who’s running for your local and state offices. If your local candidates are on the wrong side of food and environmental policies, don’t vote for them. Find candidates who share your values, and elect them instead.

The above was extracted from Organic Consumers Association.

But please, on November 6, get out and vote, as if your health depends on it. Because it does. There are a few other reasons for voting.



Art Ozias

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Posted 10/21/2018 9:05pm by Art Ozias.


  • One more day replacing a boundary fence and tomorrow we will wean this years calves.  They'll be noisey for a few nights.  Usually, it's not too bad as we keep the mothers on the other side of the fence.
  • That recent rain has really turned on the grass.  All that latent energy being stored during the semi draught was released and wow it was green overnight.
  • Finally, we got the dirt hogs scheduled and those on the list will bee notified this week.  Pork prices are now quite low, so those getting pork will be getting a pretty good deal.


Where to Find Safer Food  hint?  Breezy Hill Farm

There's little doubt that the presence of herbicides and pesticides in food pose a health risk, especially to young children. To minimize the risks to your family, consider buying organic produce and certified grass fed animal products. As the saying goes, "money talks," and to create change, we have to vote for the agricultural system we want with our pocketbooks.

While many grocery stores now carry organic foods, it's preferable to source yours from local growers whenever possible, as much of the organic food sold in grocery stores is imported. If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:

Demeter USA — provides a directory of certified Biodynamic farms and brands. This directory can also be found on

American Grassfed Association — The goal of the American Grassfed Association is to promote the grass fed industry through government relations, research, concept marketing and public education.

Their website also allows you to search for AGA approved producers certified according to strict standards that include being raised on a diet of 100 percent forage; raised on pasture and never confined to a feedlot; never treated with antibiotics or hormones; born and raised on American family farms. — provides lists of farmers known to produce raw dairy products as well as grass fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass fed products.

Weston A. Price Foundation — Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.

Grassfed Exchange — The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling organic and grass fed meats across the U.S.

Local Harvest — This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass fed meats and many other goodies.

Farmers Markets — A national listing of farmers markets.

Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food From Healthy Animals — The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) — CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.

The Cornucopia Institute — The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO "organic" production from authentic organic practices. — If you're still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out and They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund36 also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk laws.37 California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at

Breezy Hill is on Eatwild and Local Harvest. Have your friends checks us out.


Art Ozias

(660) 656-3409

Posted 10/14/2018 9:00pm by Art Ozias.


  • Still no word on the dirt hogs.  I'll check again this week.
  • Romeo and my old beef bull had another misunderstanding last night and Romeo was pushed, thrown through the fence along the highway.  That bull would perhaps still be there if not for our Border Collie, Sunny.  Sunny's nipping at his heels was just enough to irritate him and get him wanting to go somewhere else, up the lane and into the corral.  I guess Romeo will have to go.  There must be peace in my pastures.  I've got enough to do without fixing fences.
  • Finally, have some rain but not enough for runoff to the ponds. 
  • Will be delivering beef this week, so watch for an email.
  • Just a reminder on how we price our beef.  We keep our pricing very close to our local grocery store's price for their ground beef.  It has stayed close to  $5.29 per pound for commodity, CAFO beef all year.  Our $4.50/lb plus the processor's about 70 cents per pound is very close.  Our finished beeves will weigh around 600 pounds hanging weight.  A half is 300 and the split half is 150.
  • If you missed Virginia's last chicken day for this year, contact her. She may some extras and consider reserving your Thanksgiving turkey.
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The a2 Milk Company™ Launches into Walmart

We have been drinking A2 milk for thirteen years and had many milk customers during that time who enjoyed the benefits of A2.  We still have Iris and get two gallons whenever we need milk.  Just lock up her calf and milk the next morning.


  • According to the ruling, Monsanto “acted with malice or oppression” and was responsible for “negligent failure” by not warning consumers about the carcinogenicity of its product

  • In the week following Johnson’s verdict, Bayer stock fell by 18 percent, evaporating about $14 billion of the company’s market value (a loss equivalent to 21 percent of Monsanto’s acquisition value)

  • Stock traders also cite lawsuits over dicamba-related crop damage as a driving factor for the stock plunge. Last year, over 3 million acres of U.S. farmland were destroyed by chemical burns from dicamba drift.



As of September 19, 2018, 18 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 were reported from 4 states – Colorado (10), Florida (15), Massachusetts (1) and Tennessee (1). Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 5, 2018 to July 25, 2018. Ill people ranged in age from one year to 75, with a median age of 16. Sixty-seven percent of ill people were male. Of 18 people with information available, 6 (33%) were hospitalized, including one person who died in Florida.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions was a likely source of this outbreak.  

These used to make the nightly news, now they occur so often one has to find the info on internet sites.


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