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Posted 4/22/2009 9:43pm by Art Ozias.
  • Ok, Chicken day is May 3 and 10.  Price is $2.75 per pound.  Minimum order is 5 fryers.  Cook one and put the others in your freezer.  Remember, if you go to the city it will cost mucjh more and the quality is less

  • Did you know?  Large beer corporations have been doing this for years.  It’s how they kept their percentage growth increases even when they were losing maket share with their primary brands.



that's it from the hill.   Art and Debra

Posted 4/16/2009 1:38pm by Art Ozias.
  • Since the grass is green, Lila is eating more and producing more.  That means we could accept some new customers for REAL MILK WITH CREAM.  How many, obviously depends on the amount wanted.  If you are interested you will need to provide half gallon jars.  We have quite an inventory and some are still with prior customers who have not returned them.  The price will remain the same $4/half gallon.  We are interested in consistent customers i.e. the same amount each week.  The price for so called organic milk at the store has increased quite a bit lately.  Organic Valley is $4.89, Horizon is $4.49 and Best Choice is $4.19..  That is for Ultra-pasteurized, which means it could sit on your counter for six weeks.  It needs no refrigeration.  It is totally dead.

  • Remember chicken day is coming up.  Price is the same at $2.75 per pound.  Nature's Pantry has whole fryers for $4.19 per pound and they are lesser quality.

  • Still taking orders for beef.  Check your freezer, or if you've ordered from us before , your freezer card.


  • I have a conection for a limited number of hogs.  It would be very limited and not on any regular basis.  If interested let me know and I'll keep a list and will be ready if the opportunity becomes available.


  • Here is more information on high fructose corn syrup  


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra


Posted 4/6/2009 7:43pm by Art Ozias.
  • We will be having another fryer date on 9 or 10 May.  Those wanting to place an order should do so and as soon as possible.  The price is still $2.75 per pound.  That is for 5 or more.  At the recent KC Food Circle Expo the prices were $3.00 and the Nature's Pantry price is $4.19.  So, we have an excellent product and a GREAT price.  Please do not ask for one or two, use your freezer and save money.

  • Here’s more info on HFCS.


  • Bet most of you didn’t read about this in your local paper.

  • Here is a great interview with Michael Pollan 

  •  Worried about the sun?


  • Thanks to all the recent beef customers.  The deliveries went flawlessly.    Everyone was at home and I was on time.

that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/31/2009 9:01pm by Art Ozias.
  • Here is an excellent web site.  You can't absorb this site with one visit.  It needs to be added to your favorities and visited several times.  Go to processed foods and click on white processed flour and learn things about white flour I'll bet you never knew.
  • We have a few frozen fryers available.  I was at Nature's Pantry yesterday and they had 4# whole fryers for $4.19 per pound.  Makes ours a real bargain and they are much better, nice and yellow.
  • Remember, we will be at the Independence Expo this coming Saturday.
  • that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 3/31/2009 9:00pm by Art Ozias.
  • Here is an excellent web site.  You can't absorb this site with one visit.  It needs to be added to your favorities and visited several times.  Go to processed foods and click on white processed flour and learn things about white flour I'll bet you never knew.
  • We have a few frozen fryers available.  I was at Nature's Pantry yesterday and they had 4# whole fryers for $4.19 per pound.  Makes ours a real bargain and they are much better, nice and yellow.
  • Remember, we will be at the Independence Expo this coming Saturday.
  • that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 3/22/2009 9:08pm by Art Ozias.
  • Just finished watching  The Future of Food on Link TV.   It is worth watching.  A great chance to learn more  about GMO foods.  Here is the link   Times for more showings are given.
  • Just finished another chicken day.    We have a few that were not spoken for and are in the freezer.  Let me know if you would like a great 4-6 pound fryer.
  • Remember we will be at the KC Food Circle Expo this next Sat  9-2pm.

  • NAIS will be an uphill struggle, since most on the sub-committee are pro NAIS 
 Group Encourages Legislators to Follow McCaskill’s Lead in Opposing NAIS Washington, D.C. – Members of R-CALF USA wish to thank publicly Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for her correspondence to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that makes clear her opposition to the implementation of the agency’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Missouri is one of four states to have enacted legislation that prohibits mandatory premises registration programs. “On behalf of the hard-working men and women who earn their living raising and selling cattle in this great country, we want Senator McCaskill to know how deeply we appreciate the fact that she has listened to the concerns of independent U.S. cattle producers – her constituents, the people on the ground who know what is best for their operations,” said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, a Missouri veterinarian who also chairs the group’s animal health committee.  “Senator McCaskill pointed out that USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has already spent more than $130 million of taxpayers’ money to promote NAIS, and at last week’s congressional hearing on NAIS, it was projected that additional costs would escalate to at least $200 million or more,” he continued. “We agree with the Senator that the current economic situation in the U.S. has stretched many producers to the breaking point, so it just doesn’t make any sense ‘to place such a significant and unjustified financial burden on our independent producers, particularly when we cannot value the benefit.’ “NAIS is not a solution for food safety, and we hope every Senator and every Representative will realize that the vast majority of meat recalls are due to food-borne illnesses caused by contamination at the processing level, not the producer level,” Thornsberry pointed out.  

“Senator McCaskill’s letter identifies the monumental problems that are destined to cause NAIS to be a colossal failure at the expense of the U.S. cattle industry,” he concluded. “We can only hope that the rest of our country’s legislators will realize, as Senator McCaskill has, that NAIS is an ill-conceived scheme that should not be pursued in the United States.” 


that's it from the hill.  Art and Debra
Posted 3/17/2009 10:15pm by Art Ozias.

The next time you hear about bio-fuels think about the following.

Switch grass beats corn for ethanol production but violates law of return

Staff report

WASHINGTON: The energy return of producing ethanol from switch grass is more than seven times greater than that for corn but has a hidden cost that is not being discussed.

Switch grass is a warm-season native grass that grows from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada in the USA.

An average acre of corn produces about 400 gallons of alcohol, while an acre of switch grass yields 1,150 gallons of ethanol.

The energy output/input ratio of converting corn to ethanol is about 1.2 to 1 but is 4.4 to 1 with switch grass.

Switch grass is heated to 900 degrees F for one second which liquifies the grass. This liquid can then be fermented into ethanol.

The primary advantage to switch grass is that it is a perennial and does not require annual planting.

It is also being touted as not needing nitrogen fertilizer as it can feed on naturally occurring levels of soil nitrogen.

However, this soil nitrogen is actually from the breakdown of soil organic matter placed there by previous plants’ residue.

The USA currently produces about 4.3 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol and experts believe this could grow to 12 to 14 billion gallons, which is just a fraction of the 140 billion gallons of gasoline Americans burn annually.

In contrast, experts say switch grass and crop residues could produce about 60 billion gallons or slightly under half of America’s annual consumption of gasoline.

What is being overlooked is that continuous whole plant removal will drain the soil of needed minerals and organic matter just as making hay does.

This violation of the agricultural law of return is also being ignored in the idea of hauling off corn stalks and other crop residues for ethanol production that help maintain soil organic matter.

The closest thing to a free lunch energy-wise in nature is the direct grazing of whole plants with animals as they return 95 to 98% of the minerals in the plant as manure and urine.

Perhaps, grazing more and growing less energy-intensive corn would yield a more sustainable reduction in petroleum energy use than using whole plants for ethanol.

© by The Stockman Grass Farmer


Here’s a great reason to raise your own food!!!

More on vaccines and autism.   A must read.

Here is the information on the Link TV showing of Food of the Future.

If you missed CBS sixty minutes this past Sunday, you missed Alice Waters.  Remember, for those that were at La Sous Terre and saw Food Fight which featured Alice prominently. Here’s the link.


That's it from the hill.  Art and Debra

Posted 3/16/2009 8:09pm by Art Ozias.

I should have included the instructions for the GMO.   Here they are.

Online Instructions:

1. Click here to send your comments to the USDA electronically or go to:

The result with Document ID number "APHIS-2008-0023" is the Interim Final Rule for comments on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

2. Click on the “Add Comment” icon and follow the instructions on the next screen.

Tell USDA to: 1. Withdraw the proposed rule; 2. Release the EIS for public review and comment and to be used as a basis for further rule-making; and 3. Suspend all new GE crop approvals until the above has been satisfactorily completed and unless and until GE crops are proven safe.

SAMPLE LETTER (Please cut and paste)

To whom it may concern,
Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Re: Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023, Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms.

I am very concerned about the risks posed by genetically engineered crops. They threaten human health, family farmers, and the environment. I urge USDA to withdraw the proposed rule, publish the Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment, and suspend all new GE crop approvals in the interim.

After USDA releases the EIS, a comment period of at least 90 days is needed so the public has the opportunity to fully participate in a transparent process on this important issue. This will not only aid in the development of the final EIS but also in the drafting of a new proposed rule. The current proposed rule does little to close the loopholes in the regulations the rule is designed to replace and it creates more gaps than it fills.


Posted 3/16/2009 7:52pm by Art Ozias.

Just when I thought I was caught up, here comes GMO and COOL.  Thanks for your support on NAIS.  Even though most of you are consumers (my customers). if NAIS were to be implemented a lot of the small producers (me) would most likely hang it up.  If we were to continue then the costs would be passed on to you.  Small producers, without the "aid" of subsides that the biggies get, must past on the added costs or go broke. 

First Gmo. Notice the date Mar 17.  That's tomorrow.


If you care about the environment, human health and sustainable and organic farms:

It’s time to act!

Write to the USDA in these final 24 hours for the comment period to close the loopholes regulating genetically-engineered (GE) crops, also referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Tell the USDA that the loopholes regarding GE crops must be closed and to suspend approval of additional GE crops until truly independent, peer-reviewed testing can be performed.

While supporters claim this technology is safe, thorough testing was never completed before GE crops/GMOs were introduced into our food chain. Already more than 60 percent of packaged foods sold in U.S. supermarkets contain genetically-engineered food that American consumers unknowingly eat everyday.

Not only is this a great concern for consumer health, but also for family farmers who must pay exorbitant technology fees for the GE seed, and for the environment and sustainable and organic farmers whose crops can become contaminated due to GE drift.

If you care about food safety, it’s time to make your concern about GE food known! The USDA is accepting public comments on a proposed rule about GE until the close of business March 17th.

Tell the USDA that it must ensure the safety of GE technology for eaters, farmers and the environment!

If you want to learn more about concerns regarding genetically engineered food, watch The Future of Food tonight and this week on DIRECTV Channel 375 and DISH Network Channel 9410. Visit LinkTV for schedule.

Please send in your comments now! 


Now COOL.  That's Country of Origin Labeling.


R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America


Fighting for the U.S. Cattle Producer”


For Immediate Release                                                                               Contact: Shae Dodson, Communications Coordinator

March 16, 2009                                                                                       Phone:  406-672-8969; e-mail:


USTR Should Defend COOL

Says Coalition of Ag, Consumer Groups


Washington, D.C. – R-CALF USA joined a dozen other organizations to file formal comments that request the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to urgently defend the mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law that is to be fully implemented today.


In December 2008, both Mexico and Canada filed complaints against the U.S. COOL law, claiming it violates World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations.


“We expect USTR to protect U.S. consumers by successfully defending COOL against any and all challenges,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. “It is unbelievably arrogant that Canada and Mexico believe they should be allowed to override the will of U.S. consumers – consumers who deserve the right to know where the food comes from that they feed their families.


“This WTO case is a kitchen-table issue that will affect every American, and we expect the Obama Administration to demonstrate the President’s pledge to ‘aggressively defend our rights’ before WTO dispute panels,” he continued.


“This challenge, by two of our closest trading partners, undermines key trade policy objectives of the Obama Administration,” Bullard pointed out. “Defending these rules would reaffirm the President’s long-standing commitment to COOL.


The following organizations make up this particular COOL coalition, most of which have supported COOL for at least a decade: R-CALF USA; the Coalition for a Prosperous America; the Consumer Federation of America; Food & Water Watch; the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy; Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement; the Missouri Rural Crisis Center; the National Family Farm Coalition; the National Farmers Union; the Organization for Competitive Markets; Public Citizen; Rural Advancement Foundation International—USA; and, the Western Organization of Resource Councils.


COOL originally became law in the 2002 Farm Bill, but opponents – including the huge multinational meatpackers who held significant influence  over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Bush Administration – were successful in preventing implementation of the law. In the 2008 Farm Bill, COOL was passed yet again, but these same packers have managed to take advantage of loopholes in the law to avoid Congress’ intent for the law to benefit consumers and U.S. livestock producers.


Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack sent a formal letter to the industry to request that retailers and packers change their behavior in order to meet the congressional intent of the legislation.


“We appreciate the Secretary’s efforts and we continue to ask USDA to make a priority the needs and desires of its constituency – U.S. citizens – and to not cater to the whims of foreign governments and multinational corporations, as has been the pattern for the last eight years,” Bullard concluded.


Note: To view/download a copy of the coalition’s comments to USTR and/or USTR’s Federal Register Notice dated Feb. 17, 2009, please visit the “Country of Origin Labeling” link at

That's it from the Hill.  I hope things slow down.  Remember, Mar 28 is KC Food Circle EXPO.  Go to  for directions.    Art and Debra.


Posted 3/15/2009 8:27pm by Art Ozias.

News Flash!!  Chicken day will be Mar 22 NOT Mar 21.  Pick up will be between 3-4 pm.



Grassfed dairy products needed for truly effective cancer prevention

Staff report

LOGAN, Utah: CLA researcher, Dr. Tilak Dhiman, published a paper that said grassfed meats alone probably provided insufficient CLA to effectively prevent cancer.

However, he said grassfed meats eaten in conjunction with 100% grassfed dairy products could be very effective.

In an exclusive interview with this publication, Dhiman said the whole problem is that the CLA is found in the fat of the animal and that many grassfed animals are currently sold very lean.

Dhiman said his lab does CLA analysis for many grassfed beef producers all over the country so he has a good feel for the state of the industry.

“Our goal should be to get our grassfed animals as marbled as those from the feedlots,” he said.

“The health benefits of grass feeding are in the fat, not the lean.”

Many grassfed producers currently advertise how much leaner their meat is than grain fed and then tout the CLA advantages of grass feeding.

“You can’t have both,” he said.

He said some very lean grassfed animals could actually have less CLA than feedlot finished ones.

He said animal studies suggest that the minimum effective dose of CLA needed to prevent cancer is 0.05% of the diet.

He said a 600 gram diet of traditional grain fed whole milk, cheese, beef and poultry would produce a CLA percentage of the diet of approximately 127 mg/day, which amounts to .021% of the diet or less than half that needed for cancer prevention.

However, a similar diet of 100% grassfed meat and dairy products could produce a CLA intake of about 441 mg/day or 0.074% of the diet, which is well above the minimum intake that has shown to be effective in reducing the incidence of cancer in animal models.

Poultry has little to no potential for increasing CLA in the diet.

“The greatest potential for increasing the CLA intake of humans is to consume high-CLA containing, whole fat, dairy products,” he said. He said animal models are always used in deadly disease research because it would be highly unethical to induce practices thought to create disease with humans.

© by The Stockman Grass Farmer

We have the water turned on and have plants started in our raised beds.  Sure is nice to get started and not have to deal with still wet garden soil.

That's it from the Hill.  Art and Debra.

That's is from the Breezy Hill.  Art and Debra