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The Politics and Economics of Food
Corporate or Family Farms
Global or Local
MikeCallicrate.com
UCCS – September 2017
1
So this is where you grew up...
What happened Grandpa?
The U.S. has lost nearly half of it’s ranchers,
90% of it’s hog far...
Photograph from the book, Great Ranches of the West ©2007 Jim Keen, All Rights Reserved
Read a sample chapter and order th...
4
“Agriculture is a business, not a way of life!”
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
Tea...
"Let us not forget that the cultivation of
the earth is the most important labor of
man. When tillage begins, other arts w...
*All Fresh Choice Beef – USDA-ERS Data
35.0%
40.0%
45.0%
50.0%
55.0%
60.0%
65.0%
70.0%
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1950
1975
1995
Fa...
Barry Lynn's Cornered is...
"A manifesto for our time."
--Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal
8
"What we support prospers, w...
Eric Schlosser, author of the best seller Fast
Food Nation, has an apt description of the
industry.
Over the last twenty y...
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 10
Grocery Manufactures Association
There is money in the food business…
11
N7100C – Cargill
N199HF – Hormel Foods
N97SJ – J.M. Smucker
N1897S – J.M. Smucker
N135FT – Albertson’s
N46E – Hunt
N604CL ...
Trucks in St. Francis, KS
Sept. 6, 2009
Old Calnon place, So. of St. Francis
Winter day on Webster St.
Meanwhile, back on ...
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
St. Francis, Kansas - May 2013
17
"What we support prospers, what we feed
grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
18
Enrollment in St. Francis schools is one-third of ...
Emptiness: A picture of big meat packer
retaliation – Why cattle feeders won’t speak out
against meat packer abuses…
Calli...
“These guys [Tyson] are nothing but
old-time gangsters, thugs and
thieves. They beat your brains in
with their market powe...
“You should be suing
Walmart [Instead of
IBP], they are the
problem. They tell us
what they will pay and
we have no choice...
The big packers are driving the getaway car.
Partners in Crime
The big retailers are robbing the bank.
Average return on equity before tax (ROE)
Retail grocery: ROE = 21% (last 6 years)
Meat packing: ROE = 17% (last 6 years)
...
"What we support prospers, what we feed
grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
25
The U.S. is now a net food importer on a value bas...
AFTER PAYING $3 BILLION
TO SETTLE BRIBERY
AND CORUPTIONCHARGES,
THE BATISTAS ARE
STILL IN THER DRIVER’S
SEAT AT JBS S.A.
World News September 10, 2017
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Billionaire Joesley Batista, one of the
owners of JBS SA, the world´s l...
28
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." -
MikeCallicrate.com
29
“…there is no stopping it
(concentration). This is an
evolution that’s going to take
place in spite of whoever
is in the w...
What President
Reagan did to
antitrust law
enforcement in the
1980’s was the
equivalent of
We’re in the de-reg business!
r...
“Change is upon us, we can do nothing
about that [NAFTA].”
– President Clinton – Advocated Wall Street over main street,
m...
USDA is a stronghold for big
agribusiness, with headquarters
on the Mall in Washington DC.
- Lillian Salerno, former USDA ...
Farmers and Ranchers
Eaters
BIG FOOD
35"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 36
Animal Husbandry has been replaced
with Animal Sci...
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 37
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's cre...
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its
animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 41
“Despite the intervening
century, with it’s dizzyi...
December 24, 2013 – The dirt cloud extended from Colorado Springs to the
Colorado/Kansas border north of Lamar. It was ove...
"What we support prospers, what we feed
grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
49
50
Farmers and Ranchers
Eaters
THE RANCH FOODS DIRECT SOLUTION
BIG FOOD
51
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 52
53"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
How do we move from the destructive industrial
model of agriculture to one that regenerates our soils,
restores our health...
A better , more direct route for producers, and consumers wanting
to know where their food comes from…
60
Slaughtering animals where they are raised means:
- More humane treatment
- Less stress means better quality meat
- 37%...
61
Refrigerated trailer transports carcasses
from mobile unit to cut plant
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows."...
62
Carcasses from mobile unit are
cut into primals and retail cuts.
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - Mike...
63“What we support prospers, what we feed grows.” MikeCallicrate.com
Peak to Plains Food Hub in Colorado Springs
Building ...
"What we support prospers, what we feed
grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
64
"What we support prospers, what we feed
grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
67
“They sell things from somewhere else and take
the money away…everyday.”
- Francisco Chavez, Ranch Foods Direct delivery d...
Your local family farm pantry is filled with…
Got a farmer? We’ll GROW your food!
Greenhorn Acres
• Love
• Good health
• G...
Their grazing helps our dehydrating
planet retain moisture in the earth,
contributing to global water supplies.
Vandana Sh...
“Our cow dung is worth more
than your Wall Street stocks.”
-Vandana Shiva speaking to Hillary Clinton in India
Bones, including
skulls and feet
Finished manure, slaughter
waste compost
Orbit Screener
Biochar retort
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." -
MikeCallicrate.com
78
Connecting consumers with family farmers and ranch...
"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." -
MikeCallicrate.com 82
Coming early 2018 ….
A giant "cluck you" to the ch...
“Industrial agriculture and Walmart are the
enemy! Don’t give an inch!”
Slow Food Nations, Denver 2017
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  1. 1. The Politics and Economics of Food Corporate or Family Farms Global or Local MikeCallicrate.com UCCS – September 2017 1
  2. 2. So this is where you grew up... What happened Grandpa? The U.S. has lost nearly half of it’s ranchers, 90% of it’s hog farmers and over 80% of it’s dairymen in the last 35 years. 2 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  3. 3. Photograph from the book, Great Ranches of the West ©2007 Jim Keen, All Rights Reserved Read a sample chapter and order the book at www.greatranchesofthewest.com – 800-363-5336 The National Security issue no one is talking about! 3 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  4. 4. 4 “Agriculture is a business, not a way of life!” "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com Teaching of land-grant institutions from around forty years ago to present
  5. 5. "Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." -- Daniel Webster
  6. 6. *All Fresh Choice Beef – USDA-ERS Data 35.0% 40.0% 45.0% 50.0% 55.0% 60.0% 65.0% 70.0% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1950 1975 1995 Farm share of the consumer retail beef dollar A picture of abusive market power 2017 Rancher’s have lost around 30% of their share of the retail beef dollar, amounting to over $1,000 per head in lost income.
  7. 7. Barry Lynn's Cornered is... "A manifesto for our time." --Thomas Frank, Wall Street Journal 8 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  8. 8. Eric Schlosser, author of the best seller Fast Food Nation, has an apt description of the industry. Over the last twenty years, about half a million ranchers sold off their cattle and quit the business. Many of the nation’s remaining eight hundred thousand ranchers are fairing poorly. They’re taking second jobs. They’re selling cattle at break-even prices or at a loss. The ranchers who are faring the worst run three to four hundred head of cattle, manage the ranch themselves, and live solely off the proceeds… Ranchers currently face a host of economic problems: rising land prices, stagnant beef prices, oversupplies of cattle, increased shipments of live cattle from Canada and Mexico, development pressures. 9 "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  9. 9. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 10
  10. 10. Grocery Manufactures Association There is money in the food business… 11
  11. 11. N7100C – Cargill N199HF – Hormel Foods N97SJ – J.M. Smucker N1897S – J.M. Smucker N135FT – Albertson’s N46E – Hunt N604CL – Hershey N654CM – Crossmark Corp. N457H – Bank of America N606RP – Nestle Purina Pet Care Co. N102CX – Clorox N545CS – Wells Fargo N604MU – Dean Mfg. Group 12"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  12. 12. Trucks in St. Francis, KS Sept. 6, 2009 Old Calnon place, So. of St. Francis Winter day on Webster St. Meanwhile, back on the farm… 16
  13. 13. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com St. Francis, Kansas - May 2013 17
  14. 14. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 18 Enrollment in St. Francis schools is one-third of forty years ago.
  15. 15. Emptiness: A picture of big meat packer retaliation – Why cattle feeders won’t speak out against meat packer abuses… Callicrate Cattle Co., 1999 20
  16. 16. “These guys [Tyson] are nothing but old-time gangsters, thugs and thieves. They beat your brains in with their market power and take your money.” January 12, 2004, Montgomery, AL -Associated Press quoting Mike Callicrate on opening day of IBP/Tyson trial 21
  17. 17. “You should be suing Walmart [Instead of IBP], they are the problem. They tell us what they will pay and we have no choice but to pay you less.” - John Tyson 2002
  18. 18. The big packers are driving the getaway car. Partners in Crime The big retailers are robbing the bank.
  19. 19. Average return on equity before tax (ROE) Retail grocery: ROE = 21% (last 6 years) Meat packing: ROE = 17% (last 6 years) All Farming & ranching: ROE = NEGATIVE 0.54% (last 13 years) Packers--for those with sales > $500k - Before tax ROE, 2002-2009: 17.38% - source: http://www.bizminer.com/industries/Meat- packing-plants-2011/ Retail grocery--food marketing institute book - http://www.fmi.org - 2003-2009 average: before tax ROE = 20.75% Cattle--for the farm typology "cattle" meaning primarily cattle operations in USDA/ERS annual surveys - http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/ARMS/ 24"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  20. 20. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 25 The U.S. is now a net food importer on a value basis The largest firms in beef, pork, and poultry are now foreign owned: It’s The National Security issue no one is talking about! Beef – Brazilian owned Pork – Chinese owned Poultry – Brazilian owned
  21. 21. AFTER PAYING $3 BILLION TO SETTLE BRIBERY AND CORUPTIONCHARGES, THE BATISTAS ARE STILL IN THER DRIVER’S SEAT AT JBS S.A.
  22. 22. World News September 10, 2017 BRASILIA (Reuters) - Billionaire Joesley Batista, one of the owners of JBS SA, the world´s largest meatpacker, and executive Ricardo Saud surrendered on Sunday and were arrested by Brazilian police, their lawyer said.
  23. 23. 28
  24. 24. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 29
  25. 25. “…there is no stopping it (concentration). This is an evolution that’s going to take place in spite of whoever is in the way.” Robert Peterson, IBP Chairman and CEO, July 1996 $20 Billion by 2001 article, in Meat and Poultry 30
  26. 26. What President Reagan did to antitrust law enforcement in the 1980’s was the equivalent of We’re in the de-reg business! referees declaring no-rules and leaving the field in a football game. Cheating was not only allowed, it was required to win … and it still is! http://nobull.mikecallicrate.com/2008/10/02/from-banks-to-bread-deregulation-is-the-seed-of-destruction/ “Government IS the problem!”
  27. 27. “Change is upon us, we can do nothing about that [NAFTA].” – President Clinton – Advocated Wall Street over main street, management over labor, NAFTA, WTO and a world without borders. “We need big companies that can do business globally.” – Dan Glickman - Clinton’s Secretary of Agriculture who ignored meat packer concentration, market manipulation, predatory practices, undue preferences and unjustly discriminatory practices. Support for concentrated power, free trade and globalization has been bi-partisan:
  28. 28. USDA is a stronghold for big agribusiness, with headquarters on the Mall in Washington DC. - Lillian Salerno, former USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development
  29. 29. Farmers and Ranchers Eaters BIG FOOD 35"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  30. 30. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 36 Animal Husbandry has been replaced with Animal Science
  31. 31. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 37 "If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans Order
  32. 32. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
  33. 33. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 41 “Despite the intervening century, with it’s dizzying array of technological advances and dramatic social reforms, meat and poultry processing early in the twenty-first century is regrettably reminiscent of what Sinclair (The Jungle 1906) described early in the twentieth.”
  34. 34. December 24, 2013 – The dirt cloud extended from Colorado Springs to the Colorado/Kansas border north of Lamar. It was over a mile high (12,500 ft. above sea level), 4 miles across, moving south at 50 mph – See The Dust Bowl “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  35. 35. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 49
  36. 36. 50
  37. 37. Farmers and Ranchers Eaters THE RANCH FOODS DIRECT SOLUTION BIG FOOD 51
  38. 38. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 52
  39. 39. 53"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  40. 40. How do we move from the destructive industrial model of agriculture to one that regenerates our soils, restores our health, and rebuilds our communities? Image by Harry Greene
  41. 41. A better , more direct route for producers, and consumers wanting to know where their food comes from…
  42. 42. 60 Slaughtering animals where they are raised means: - More humane treatment - Less stress means better quality meat - 37% less weight transported to market - Slaughter waste becomes valuable soil nutrients - Increased rural employment
  43. 43. 61 Refrigerated trailer transports carcasses from mobile unit to cut plant "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  44. 44. 62 Carcasses from mobile unit are cut into primals and retail cuts. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  45. 45. 63“What we support prospers, what we feed grows.” MikeCallicrate.com Peak to Plains Food Hub in Colorado Springs Building Community Around Local Food!
  46. 46. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 64
  47. 47. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 67
  48. 48. “They sell things from somewhere else and take the money away…everyday.” - Francisco Chavez, Ranch Foods Direct delivery driver The industrial food pantry is filled with… • Human exploitation • Animal suffering • Environmental degradation • Community destruction • Family farm & rural decline • Degenerative diseases "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  49. 49. Your local family farm pantry is filled with… Got a farmer? We’ll GROW your food! Greenhorn Acres • Love • Good health • Great taste • Family meals • Community • Good stewardship • Good husbandry “Eating local means more for the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.” - Marcy Nameth, Arkansas Valley Organic Growers 69"What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com
  50. 50. Their grazing helps our dehydrating planet retain moisture in the earth, contributing to global water supplies. Vandana Shiva – Winner of Monsanto’s “Bullshit” award
  51. 51. “Our cow dung is worth more than your Wall Street stocks.” -Vandana Shiva speaking to Hillary Clinton in India
  52. 52. Bones, including skulls and feet Finished manure, slaughter waste compost Orbit Screener Biochar retort
  53. 53. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 78 Connecting consumers with family farmers and ranchers
  54. 54. "What we support prospers, what we feed grows." - MikeCallicrate.com 82 Coming early 2018 …. A giant "cluck you" to the chicken industrial complex. ‘Super-Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!’
  55. 55. “Industrial agriculture and Walmart are the enemy! Don’t give an inch!” Slow Food Nations, Denver 2017

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