Dairy is a big deal in California. The Golden State is the number one dairy state in the country – a 47 Billion dollar industry. Farmers and dairy product producers are always looking for new and better ways to meet production goals. For Bravo Farms owner Bill Boersma that meant taking on a much younger partner to bring fresh new ideas into the mix. Their partnership has not only generated new products but opened new markets for them as well. Visit tinyurl.com to watch the entire Episode 402.
Texas Longhorn cattle is, of course, associated with the Lone Star State. But we discover one of America’s top Longhorn Cattle producers deep in the heart of the Ohio Valley. And they pride themselves on producing better beef for America’s dinner tables. Visit tinyurl.com to see the rest of episode 504. Video Rating: 5 / 5
On the Season Premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution filmed in Los Angeles and aired on April 12, 2011, Jamie demonstrates how 70% of America’s ground beef contains leftover cow parts (aka “pink slime”) containing e.coli and salmonella that has been treated with ammonia. Ammonia treated meat can be found in virtually all conventional grocery stores, fast food restaurants, many national restaurant chains, and school cafeterias. The saddest part is that the USDA allows this ammonia treated meat to enter the marketplace and with no labeling requirement on the packaging to inform the consumer that the meat their about to buy contains ammonia, thus hiding the truth and pulling a wool over the consumer’s eye. This is certainly a rude awakening to the majority of Americans that don’t know where the meat in their fridge, the meat in their conventional local grocery store, the meat in their fast food hamburger, and the meat in their restaurant made hamburger comes from. How do you avoid this poison? Buy beef that has come from grass fed cows, which can be found at natural and organic grocery stores and your local farmers market. No matter the size of your town or city, grass fed beef (real beef) is not out of reach. Unlike ammonia treated beef, grass fed beef is clearly labeled and contains no ammonia. Video Rating: 4 / 5
America’s Dairyland – Wisconsin’s dairy industry is an integral part of the state’s interrelated and interdependent economy. In addition to the dairy farmer, who provides the raw milk needed to produce dairy products, this industry involves all the people who process, transport, market, and advertise these products. This program examines the development of the dairy industry, and explores the complex connections between dairy farming and other aspects of life in Wisconsin and the world. The ‘Exploring Wisconsin Our Home’ web site offers additional activities and resources for teachers and students, including links to sites for research about Wisconsin. More at: www.ecb.org Video Rating: 0 / 5
Karl Klessig believes in running his dairy the old-fashioned way. His cows aren’t fed in the barn, but move from pasture to pasture, feeding on grass. Karl says this method not only produces great tasting milk, but the cattle manure is a natural fertilizer. The family’s Saxon Homestead Creamery is known for their unique cheese products as well as their milk. Video Rating: 5 / 5
Americans love their ice cream and for one Delaware Dairy farm, the sweet creamy treat was the answer to keeping their centennial farm alive. Visit tinyurl.com to see the rest of episode 510. The Monsanto Company – www.monsanto.com and the American Farm Bureau Federation – http make presentation of America’s Heartland possible. Video Rating: 4 / 5