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On our blog we tackle hard issues that are important to all of us as citizens of our country that range from food to farming to family. We give you a clearer understanding of what we do, what we care about and how it affects how you feed your family.

Check out the blog every couple of weeks to see what’s new in sustainable agriculture, food safety and quality, life on our farm, recipes, and more!

News from the Farm – Yearning to Graze

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

News from the Farm – Yearning to Graze

It’s been a very hectic month of August so far.  We were able to get away for three days to the Ozarks as a family and had a blast.  We rented a condo with a full kitchen and a 24 foot pontoon boat that the kids tubed behind.  It was just like having a house right on the lake.  Well, at least until we got a call that we had cows out and had to cut the trip a day short!  Boy I’ve never heard kids squawking so loudly.  Anyway we got home, got caught up, and turned around later that week and spent three days at the Iowa State Fair where my...

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McDonald’s and Sustainable Agricuture – Food for Thought

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

McDonald’s and Sustainable Agricuture – Food for Thought

The vibe around the farm right now is “growing wild”. In just a few short weeks the speed of transformation from brown seeds to green grass and flowers all over the farm is nothing short of miraculous.  With the recent hot weather coupled with abundant rain we now will have a sufficient hay crop to get the cows through next winter.  Yes we are already thinking about cold weather as agriculture is the most vicious supply chain known to man.  In most cases from beginning to end, the supply chain takes at least a year to complete and in the case...

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To Cows with Love

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

To Cows with Love

There is, in my opinion, a widespread misconception in the general public that mistreatment of animals is a commonplace occurrence.  Although we would argue that our farm is the best place to raise an animal anywhere, period, it’s about time someone set the record straight on this whole subject. First let’s clear something up.  As I see it, the proper terminology to be used in discussing this topic is animal well-being, and not animal welfare.  Anyone truly concerned about the subject and truly concerned about animals should become familiar...

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Power to Heal

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Power to Heal

Grace and I were out “riding line” on the four-wheeler last weekend (that’s cowboy talk for checking fences), and we saw something astounding. We must have had 20 rabbits jump out in front of us over the course of the trip. It seemed like every hundred feet one more rabbit jumped out.  They were like water running through a sieve.  We’ve also seen several pheasants recently, along with the innumerable wild turkeys and deer.  Just last night we were coming home from a ball game, and when we drove up the lane a dozen deer ran...

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Cows Will Save the World!

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Cows Will Save the World!

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this great blog from Chef Michael Formicella the president and co-owner of Chella Foods, where he directs food product development. In the blog, Chef Formicella talks about his experience in educating himself about things like biomass use, feed efficiencies, and how greenhouse gas emissions can affect livestock systems. In short, a lot of what we at Heartland have to think about on a day-to-day basis. When the world of the chef has come full circle and realized the importance of livestock to not only the...

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Life’s Lessons the Farm Way

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Life’s Lessons the Farm Way

Most people look at Heartland and see a rural farm, meant for raising animals and growing crops. When my family looks at Heartland, we see our home. Contrary to what you might think, those animals and crops are not the most important thing we are raising here on the farm. The most important thing we raise here is our children. We have three of them, ranging in age from 15-years-old all the way down to too young to walk. A farm is an interesting environment to raise a child in. If you think about it, farming is all about hard work, dedication...

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All Natural Food and Family Farming

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

All Natural Food and Family Farming

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman wrote about the role of small holder, sustainable agriculture in feeding a growing world. While I don’t necessarily agree with all that Bittman periodically writes about, including how he seems to broadly class all meat as “bad,” he makes some great points about overcoming world hunger in this piece. Bittman writes “This isn’t about ‘organic’ versus ‘modern.’ It’s about supporting the system in which small producers make decisions based on their knowledge and experience...

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Freedom To Choose – All Natural, Grass-Fed Or…

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Freedom To Choose – All Natural, Grass-Fed Or…

I recently read an article from a popular newspaper purporting to understand modern agriculture and how crops and livestock are raised in this country. It was interesting in that the author, admittedly having only been to a farm a couple of times, seemed to claim complete mastery of animal agriculture and was quite certain that nearly all animals are raised in the same manner. The article went on to claim that there was only one right way to produce meat, milk, and eggs. But that “right way” happened to be their way, and it isn’t the...

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