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Agproud Q5 F.E.A.R

Question 5 on the Agproud list

What allowed you to move beyond fear and diversify a perspective of your farm/ranch/business?


This is a great question! Much has been written on the subject of fear over the last century, and strangely enough, all this time later it is still a huge problem. That is probably because fear is one of the strongest human emotions there is.

First off I’d like to share my favorite definition of fear. It is an acronym F.E.A.R. standing for False Evidence Appearing Real. Now that may need an explanation for some people. Most of the things we fear demand that we believe in something that we can’t see, or that may not actually happen. Fear is an emotion, and as such it tells you nothing about reality other than something makes you feel something.

Since most of my blogging and expertise is in cattle I will continue to focus there for an example. Many people would like to be in the cattle biz. Thing is they conjure up all kinds of “reasons”, more like excuses, why they can’t be. For example I have seen fear freeze people solid when they go to an auction to buy cattle. The most popular excuses are they are afraid, there’s that word again, that the market will go down. They are afraid the cattle may get sick or die. They are afraid the weather may deal them a bad hand this year. They are afraid that if any of these happen they will lose money. They are then afraid that if they lose money the bank will take things away from them. They are afraid of being a laughing stock.

That is quite a list of things to be afraid of, and emotion. We are all human and have all stared these fears squarely in the face. It will suck the energy right out of you.

Some of you may be thinking that I made a list of things that are very real, yet called fear false evidence appearing real. Thing is, all the things in that list are not real, because they have not happened. If you let them stop you from bidding on cattle or starting a business, you just let images in your mind that are not real stop you. Do not create troubles in your mind that have nothing to do with reality and waste precious time. You can’t stop the bad stuff from happening, but you don’t have to let the fear of bad stuff happening stop you from the good things that are happening now. That would be recognizing opportunity. You see everything on that list is manageable, and will provide an opportunity.

Every successful person begins with two beliefs: 1) the future can be better than the present, 2) they have the power to make it so. Every morning when you wake up you have the ability to choose your attitude. You choose what ideas to become emotionally involved in. Whatever you focus on will expand. If you create scenarios in your mind that create fear, you will be given things to be afraid of. The universe has a funny way of doing that. Whatever you think about comes about. You see your beliefs cause your thoughts, actions, and emotions, which when added up will equal your results.

So here’s the trick. Both fear and faith demand you believe in something that you can’t see. Faith is putting your trust in the good. Fear is putting your trust in the bad. You can easily change your future by changing your attitude. Have faith in your best outcome, instead of fear in your worst outcome.

So how do we build faith in such a volatile business? In one word: skill. Yup, here I go harping on skill again. Go back and look at the list of common fears in the cattle biz again. Market crash, natural disaster, death loss, poverty, and humiliation. With the right skills, and the right attitude you will find opportunities in all of these.

I have spent my time, and money traveling around the United States, and even Canada to learn from people that were/are the best. I learned valuable skills from them.

At first I was skeptical that the things I had learned would actually work. I placed some trust in them, and they did work. Overcoming fear and having success builds self-confidence. When you let fear control you, you lose self-respect, and that is a downward spiral. The only requirement is the ability to act, and action is the real measurement of intelligence.

At the end of the day just make sure that your own worst enemy is not living between your own two ears.

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Posted by on April 15, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Agproud Q3 Passion

Question 3 of the Goodman 88

What are you passionate about?

That would be so easy for anyone to figure out if they followed me for a day. The words that follow will not do justice to how I feel, but anyone who is passionate about something understands that. My top two, are my girls (wife and daughter), and cattle.

I have done many blogs on the cattle biz, and have mentioned my girls in a few also. So I think my writing reflects the two things I’m passionate about.

I’m going to shift gears here for the time being. This question, gives me an opportunity to respond to another question I’ve been asked lately, and tie them both together. Some people have been wondering why I decided to start writing again.

Here’s the reason. My wife is in Rotary, and every week they have a speaker come address the group. Around the first of the year, one member of Rotary who works at the local hospital had one of the docs come give a speech. This doc is more of an activist, that’s what she most recognized for in the community, and she abuses her title as doc to give herself credibility.

The speech was centered around, how animal proteins are bad for human health. She had many baseless points bashing animal agriculture, which my wife shared with me. I won’t list them all here, but one is worth a mention. She pointed to other countries and how agriculture there is shifting away from livestock production. She had a catchy phrase “Dairies for berries”, which she used as she was telling the group how Finland got rid of its dairy farms and converted them to berry farms. I used Google to look for ag jobs in Finland, and what do you know, dairy was at the top of the list for hiring workers. I did another search on dairy numbers. It turns out they do have fewer dairies, but they have just as many cows. Just like here in the US, the farms have gotten bigger. This activist twisted the facts.

This kind of B.S. is nothing new, and really doesn’t rattle my cage much. Here is what did. One of the people in the group (not my wife) reminded her that there is a lot of animal ag in our county, and asked her what she thinks all the area farmers should do instead of raising livestock. The response was, that we will just have to adapt. Times are changing and we’ll just have to change with them or get out. Leaving the impression that she just doesn’t care, and that it’s not her problem

As bad as I’d like to give my two cents on that response, I won’t do it at this time. That would take this post down another rabbit hole and make it too long.

I’m used to seeing things on the internet from groups that want to put an end to our industry, but this was a first for having it happen right here at home in real life. That did it. That was all it took to get my fingers back on the key board. Raising cattle is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little kid. There are many generations of farmers in my family tree, dating all the way back to the 1400’s! I want my daughter to be able to make the choice to farm or do something else. That activist took a big swipe at two things I’m passionate about.

As part of pursuing my passion I am going to write about it. I am going to do blogs that will shake things up a bit. For example, I think the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program needs an upgrade. I am going to do more posts on how I use agriculture as a, hands on classroom for my daughter. I’m going to do posts that will educate the general public about the cattle biz, like the one I did on “slaughter trucks”. And I’m going to talk to the media, for the last several years I have refused to do any interviews.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Sleeping Zombies

We have so much technology in the palm of our hands today that enables us to keep connected.  Both to each other, markets, news, sports, and anything thing else our hearts desire.  I sometimes use the internet on my phone to watch a cattle auction to see what calves are selling for in one salebarn, while bidding on calves in the salebarn I am sitting in.  I will exchange text messages with other people I know to see what the market is doing in their corner of the world too.

I stumbled across these points on J.W.R.’s blog.  He used them to illustrate how the corral around the sheeple has been made much smaller by our tyrannical government.  I copied and pasted them here since something else jumped out at me that fits part of the theme of my blog.  Thinking.  Staying informed.


Consider the implications of some recent events in America:

• The entire city of Boston is locked down under the equivalent of martial law, and house-to-house searches are conducted in one neighborhood without warrants. No uproar. No publicized post facto inquiries.

•John Corzine is not prosecuted for stealing more than a billion dollars from farmers and ranchers at MF Global. Nary a peep from the mainstream media.  (Nor from the ag world either I might add.  In fact some cattlemen’s groups are still suggesting you hedge.  How fucking dumb! )

•An Out-of-state “Marketplace Fairness Act” sales tax bill is ramrodded through the Senate. No uproar.

•The Fast and Furious scandal results in NO high-level dismissals from the BATFE or Justice Department, even though it was clear that it was ordered from the top. Few people are asking the President: What did he know and when did he know it? No uproar.

•Multiple Benghazi Cover-Ups. No huge Iran-Contra type congressional hearings. No dismissals.

•Asset Forfeiture by the Department of Homeland Security has become institutionalized. Hardly noticed.  (also hardly noticed was the Executive Order signed on March 16 2012, called National Defense Resources Preparedness.  Basically a peace time Martial Law.  So your assets, forget them they are not yours anymore.  But hey, he signed it during some important basketball game)

•Justice Department snooping of Associated Press journalists’ phone records. No uproar.

•The Obama administration intentionally makes the sequester budget cuts as painful as possible by slowing down air traffic control, in a grandstanding move. No uproar.

•Attorney General Eric Holder threatens the State of Kansas for daring to assert its sovereignty. No uproar.

•An amnesty deal for illegal border-crossers is negotiated in the Senate back rooms with a mixture of bribes and arm-twisting, and it now awaits a perfunctory debate and a floor vote. No public outcry.

•Meanwhile, Legitimate hard-working, law-abiding refugees (homeschoolers) who properly applied for visas face deportation. This gets barely any notice in the mainstream press.

•Bitcoin’s main banking interface (Mt. Gox) has its assets seized by the Department of Homeland Security. No mainstream news banner headlines. No uproar.

•Most blatantly, there were revelations of systematic targeting of conservative and Jewish groups by the IRS,–perhaps as many as 500 groups. At last there is some indignant bleating heard, but only because mainstream press deems it “newsworthy.” Few people are asking the President: What did he know and when did he know it?

•And as all of these monumental, riveting events are going on, what is the most sought after news story by Americans querying Google, Bing, and Yahoo search engines? Angelina Jolie’s hooters.

Like I said, we Americans are doing a fantastic job of using all the technology available to us to stay informed.  Gosh we are an intelligent, critical thinking bunch!  Some people fear a zombie apocalypse.   If you ask me its already here

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Commie Rules

I will get back to the beginning farmer blogs soon enough.  I just had to get this one out there

I ran across this a week and a half ago.  I’ve been thinking it over.  How much of this have we seen come true?  How much of it is happening now?  How much of it has our culture come to embrace?  Especially the younger generation?  Why do they accept it so easily?  How can we stop it?

I have been to socialist communists countries and one reason I think it is accepted here is under the words “we gotta level the playing field”

Be sure to listen to the video at the bottom.  It is a speech from Ezra Taft Benson who was Secretary of Agriculture in the 1960’s.

On Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. of Florida read a list of 45 Communist goals into the Congressional Record. The list was derived from researcher Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”

1. U.S. should accept coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. should be willing to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of “moral strength.”

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extend long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China and admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the U.S. has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the U.S.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV & motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24.Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the U.S. cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Give Me No LIP

I wrote this two years ago after the House passed obamacare.  Several blog sites refused to post it.  Even NCBA’s Cattle Call would not post it.  It did get posted on one ot the most frequently read web blogs on the planet, Ann Barnhardt at posted it.  After reading it again this morning, I would probably edit it or use different words in places.  I am just going to post the origional instead.  The ideals are still the same.  Enjoy the “Forbidin Blog”

Give Me no LIP

April 2010


Great nations rise and fall.  The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, liberty leads to abundance then to selfishness, selfishness leads to complacency right into apathy, apathy leads to dependence, and dependence leads us right back into bondage.  Recently the house passed the Health Care bill.  I never thought I’d ever see anything like this.  I am absolutely appalled by this action.  Some people think this took us into the dependence stage.  I feel we were already there,  farm subsidies, bank bail outs, automaker bail outs, all forms of socialism, the house vote on health care just solidified it.

A lot of my friends are wondering how this happened.  Freedom caused it.  That’s right.  Freedom gives us the ability to be as successful as we want to be.  On the other side of the coin, it gives us the right to be stupid.  Freedom takes work and intellect to maintain.  The case with a lot of people, instead of working to over come a problem they want the government to help.  The government is more than willing to help.  That help usually has two costs.  1) is the cost to the tax payer  2) is the laws, stipulations, or mandates that follow.  The reason we get from the government for doing this is, as they say, “so this won’t  happen again”.

Social justice is a concept some people use to describe the movement towards a socially just world.  In this context social justice is based on the concept of equality and involves a greater degree of of economic egalitarianism (the founding principle for socialism and cooperative economic organization) through progressive taxation, income redistribution, and even property distribution.  This can only be achieved by making changes to existing wealth and power structures.  These policies are spun as a creator of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.    One of the democratic reps used this in her debate, “because we are equally free born then it means we are absolutely equal”. Now this concept is impossible to reach.  People will never have equal output for their inputs, even if their inputs are equal.  This is fundamentally impossible because we all have different talents and gifts.  Some can learn quicker, some are more creative.  They find success easier.  So people that have a more difficult time get resentful and jealous.  Under social justice, they can get a piece of what the other guy earned through his efforts.  This will make them happy for two reasons 1) they get something without earning it 2) it brings the other guy down and keeps him from gaining to much momentum.

In my opinion when Americans say they prefer social justice. They are saying they would rather be led and fed by the state than be free.  They are comfortable with the state having control over their personal decisions because a cap on success is worth having a cap on failure.  And lets face it, people are more apt to fail than succeed.  If someone is going to fail they sure don’t want the other guy to have to much success.  So capping his success sounds like a good idea to them. Success takes work and commitment.  But what is failure?  Henry Ford said “failure is an opportunity to start over, only next time your wiser.”

I have sat in a bunch of meetings with cattlemen from all over the country.  I always get a bang out of how we pound our chests and claim to be capitalists.  A quick search of EWG’s data base, would suggest otherwise.  Livestock Indemnification Programs, and Equip are socialists programs.  These programs, in my opinion, are set up to reward you for doing the wrong things.  LIP, will reimburse you for livestock losses.  We are not supposed to let our cattle die.  I went through the same heat last summer that everyone else here did.  I didn’t lose any cattle.  I went through the same blizzards that everyone else here did.  Again, I didn’t lose any cattle.  Yet the buzz at the auction barns is a lot of guys are hoping they get approved for LIP.  I met a guy once that said programs like these only keep the bad producers in business.

I was really shocked when my accountant was so surprised to see I had insurance on my livestock.  Insuring your belongings is the responsible thing to do.  I scratch my head when people don’t insure their  cattle, but think the government should help when things go wrong.  And we all know things will go wrong once in a while.  If you won’t protect yourself why should someone else be expected to do it?

Protecting yourself and risk management should be part of everyone’s business model.  If people keep relying on the government to bail them out, they should expect the government to tell them what to do.  Proverbs teaches us that “the borrower is servant to the lender”.

The other option that is out there is my buddy Travis’ idea.  Let those producers fail so guys like us can buy them out, instead of using our tax dollars to bail them out.  This would save on government spending and it should lighten the tax burden.  This would support a sustainable business model that when allowed to grow freely will begin to create jobs.

Just chew on this.  Health care represents over 1/6of the economy and affects everyone of us.  Just imagine how easily the government could take over agriculture since we represent less than 2% of the population.  Could you imagine the government telling us how many acres to plant to beans  or corn?  When to sell our cattle, or telling us how much money we are going to make?  That might sound a little radical, but it’s not to far fetched.  Be sovereign

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


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