Sunday, August 15, 2010

Senate Bil S510

I'm a simple cowboy trying to make a living with a few good cows and a herd of sheep. I gave up the traditional commodity, university trained system of big corporate agricultural practices years ago because the only ones making a living under that system are the ones selling you the inputs or teaching the lousy system of how to use those costly inputs.  Under the program of Holistic Systems my family not only makes their living from our ranch but we are improving soil, water, air and the ecosystem in general by our practices.  That is we are sustainable.   Now I read about this Senate Bill S510 which could threaten all we have worked for.  This bill not only makes it illegal to market, sell, and transport my own farm raised products, but I would no longer even be able to raise them for my family, neighbors or friends.  I like keeping things simple and prefer to stay away from the political arena of poison elites and stay on direct ranching practices, but this really ruffles my feathers.  Speaking to other ranchers and all my customers, it looks like we all may have to put our heads together and save what might be left of this once great country.  Please google this senate bill and make up your own mind.


  1. with this bill it seems to me you couldn't even feed your family , if it was something you grew yourself... not to mention friends ...

    Helen McDonald

  2. I've tried to read this bill. Like all of the laws our government passes, it's like trying to read a hebrew bible. My take on it is that it's a wolf in sheeps clothing. Like Ronald Reagan said; "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help". Don't you just love the transparent government that our President promised in his campaign! By the way, don't be too hard on university trained agriculture. We're not all for corporate Agriculture.

  3. I think it was Mark Twain that wrote something like, "I try very hard to not let my education get in the way of my learning". This was one of my problems in my agricultural business for the first 25 years. But I didn't mean to step on any bodies toes.


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