HOWARD GRAHAM BUFFETT FOR TRUMP’S AG SECRETARY

Howard Graham Buffett serving meals in Sierra Leone in 2007. He spends up to 200 days a year on the road, doing foundation work. (Jeannie O’Donnell / The Howard G. Buffett Foundation)

Howard, Warren Buffett’s farmer son, is one man, a rich one man, working in all 54 African countries developing sustainable farming on the continent with the biggest problems in hunger, poverty, soil, infrastructure, economics and politics. Howard’s dad is bridge buddies with Bill Gates who is also saving Africa. There is hope in 2016 that the Bern fires up the base like Teddy Roosevelt and FDR, while the well informed Buffett Gates partnership puts their money where it’s needed – like not in Panama.

howard-b“USAID and others have been at this for decades,” he said. “By now, according to projections, we should have ended hunger. So my point is, what we’re doing isn’t working.”

“Don’t get me wrong,” Buffett told me. “I’m a farmer. I know what I can get from improved seed. I know what I get from fertilizer. They’re huge. But technology can’t build organic matter. It can’t create topsoil. It can’t magically protect water quality. It’s a quick fix, and Africa needs a long-term solution.”

Instead of a green revolution for Africa, Buffett favors what he calls a “brown revolution,” or, to quote the distinguished agricultural ecologist Sir Gordon Conway, a “doubly green revolution”—a focus on environmentally sustainable agriculture that minimizes erosion, preserves and regenerates soil, and makes the land more resilient, while also increasing yields. In contrast to the green revolution, the brown revolution is a tortoise-like approach: Its impact is gradual. Over the past decade, patiently, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to identify and promote practical, low-cost methods of conservation farming—cover crops, no-till farming, locally bred seed varieties—that improve African soil quality and crop yields without chemical fertilizers and costly imported seeds. “If you take a place like Africa,” Buffett told me, “where they have the most degraded soils in the world, very limited nutrients, ground that is farmed to death—literally to the point where you have to move on and farm another piece of ground—and all you’re doing is throwing on synthetic fertilizer, it’s like trying to put an oxygen mask on a cadaver and expecting it’s going to start breathing again.”

1028-pmad-mbuffettThe foundation owns and operates four research farms—4,400 acres in Decatur, 1,000 acres in Nebraska, 3,900 acres in the high desert of southeast Arizona, and the farm in South Africa, spanning 9,200 acres—where scientists from Texas A&M, Penn State, and Purdue are conducting experiments on how best to grow crops in places with little water and poor soil. In South Africa, the foundation is testing 14 different cover crops—among them cowpea, lablab, and pigeon pea—to learn which ones best reduce erosion and improve soil fertility. In Arizona, the foundation replicates the conditions faced by poor African farmers: drought, little or no fertilizer, oxen tilling the land. Tests are under way to measure the precise relationship between water and crop yields. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/how-warren-buffetts-son-would-feed-the-world/476385/

 

12_f_buffett-0011Established in 1999, his Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s (HGBF) primary mission is to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. It apparently spends $50 million a year on various programs around the world, particularly in Africa.

Not surprisingly one of his biggest projects is improving lives of poor farmers, themselves often starving. His goal is to help teach them methods that they can afford to implement after his programs end. He also insists they learn accounting.

This is apparently in contrast to the approach used by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the organization to which his father has pledged more than $30 billion, which relies more heavily on introducing technology to third world farming. “He’s really pushing a system that is similar to what we have outside this door in America,” explained Howard to Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes, “I told him that we have got to stop doing it like we did.”

“Your father gives money to Gates. You come out and say it’s all wrong. Is this sibling rivalry?” asked Stahl. Gates and Buffett, the country’s two richest men, have become good friends, often playing bridge, celebrating birthdays and traveling together on vacations. Howard responded that Bill, who they call brother Bill, is the smartest guy in the world besides his dad, but pointed out that he understands agriculture quite well and had used a similar approach unsuccessfully when first starting to give away money.

warren-howardSome details about Howard that Stahl didn’t cover include the fact that Buffett’s son is a writer of more than half a dozen books; sits on the board of Sloan Implement, a privately owned distributor of John Deere agricultural equipment; and also previously served on the boards of food processor Archer Daniels ADM +0.74% Midland; Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world; and ConAgra Foods. He has also traveled to more than 95 countries documenting the food and conservation challenges. In 2005, he received the Will Owen Jones Distinguished Journalist of the Year Award, and in 2007, he was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Against Hunger on behalf of the World Food Programme. In 2011, he received the World Ecology Award.

It could be a long time before Howard succeeds his father – “He won’t leave until he’s buried in the ground,” Howard told Stahl – and even longer before anyone knows if he proves to be a decent successor. Still he’s certainly proven himself to be a worthy scion of an admirable man, one who has his feet firmly planted in the earth.

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OLIVER TWIST GOT SKIMMED

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Revealed: how thieves skimmed the workhouse orphans’ cream. Unearthed documents show how Foundling Hospital children were robbed of full milk ration.

Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed 

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Children should drink full-fat milk until the age of at least six, research suggests – as they are likely to grow up slimmer.

In recent years, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recommended that toddlers switch to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two, as part of efforts to prevent obesity.

But research on more than 2,700 children found those given full-fat versions ended up with a significantly lower body mass index than those given semi-skimmed varieties.

Those taking part in the Canadian study were also found to have higher levels of vitamin D, which protects the bones and immune system.

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For decades, children in Britain were encouraged to drink full-fat milk, as part of post-war efforts to build the nation’s health.

‘Children who drink lower fat milk don’t have less body fat’ Dr Jonathon Maguire

But in 2009, the FSA warned that children were now consuming so much fat that it was clogging their arteries. Parents are now advised to switch their children to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two.

The new research suggests such efforts could be counter-productive.

Children who drank full-fat milk were likely to end up less hungry, researchers suggested, making them less likely to snack on high calorie foods.

The Canadian research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that those children who drank whole milk had a Body Mass Index score that was 0.72 units lower than those who drank one or two per cent semi-skimmed milk.

What is BMI?

  • BMI (body mass index) is a measure that adults can use to see if they are a healthy weight for their size

What is a healthy BMI?

  • For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5-24.9 range
  • If your BMI is higher than 25, you weigh more than is ideal for your height
  • 25-29.9 is overweight
  • 30-39.9 is obese
  • 40 or more is very obese

To work out your BMI:

  • Divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your height in meters (m), then divide your answer by your height again to get your BMI
  • For example, if you weigh 100kg and you are 1.85m tall, divide 100 by 1.85. The answer is 54. Then divide 54 by 1.85, which gives 29, which is your BMI

Lead researcher Dr Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said the difference amounted to the difference between having a healthy weight and being overweight.

Children who drank one cup of whole milk each day had comparable vitamin D levels to those drinking nearly three times as much skimmed milk, the study found.

This could be because vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning it dissolves in fat rather than water.

Prof Maguire said: “Children who drink lower fat milk don’t have less body fat, and they also don’t benefit from the higher vitamin D levels in whole milk. It’s a double negative with low fat milk.”

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE IS SPELLED WITH A ‘P’ AS IN PERMACULTURE

permaculture-hobbit-houseAs I was pontificating about how you could have an urban income and a rural lifestyle by raising 50 goats on five acres, my fellow teachers were educating others on Permaculture. Not wanting to expose my blissful state of ignorance to embarrassment I avoided my right of tuition free class attendance. However, Shelby, the sustainable agriculture and “Five Acres to Independence” advocate, took their course including the farm visit.  When Shelby raved about the farm’s sawdust toilet I discounted Permaculture, whatever it was about was not for me.

Currently living the expat life of the idle Social Security recipient in Antalya, Turkey I’m more interested in the debate between Fiscal and Monetary policy. Slow learner that I am, I have learned that the government deals with the Fiscal while the Federal Reserve monkey’s around with the Monetary. The debate synopsis is that the world and the US are going to hell in a sawdust toilet.

bernake-wheelbarrowThe FED since Greenspan has printed at least $10 trillion of ‘thin-air’ paper money with zero results and is now begging the politicians for Fiscal stimulus in Infrastructure. Trump is right there with them wanting to build walls, bridges and airports. Since 80% of the voters live in the city and another 19% live in the burbs the real 1%’s are still down on the farm. Alas alack rural redmeat farmers didn’t take classes in Permaculture, let alone practice Regenerative Agriculture because the Fiscal poohbahs don’t see the NEED!

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“What are you going to do when the well runs dry?”

  • Eliminate all Agricultural Subsidies
  • Organic only farming – no Monsanto, no pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers
  • Outlaw Factory Farming – pigs, dairy, poultry, fish
  • Legalize Raw Dairy – if California can do it, every state can do it

WE WEEP FOR MAHMOUD AND HIS KARAKUL SHEEP

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A group of Karakul sheep. The lambs are born black but soon develop the variable adult coloration. The Karakul is a Central Asian fat-tailed sheep breed with a almost goat-like fleece and an ability to withstand heat and drought. Similar animals can be traced as far back as 1400BC and the Karakul may well be the oldest breed of domestic sheep. The breed is named after Karakul or Qaraqul, a city in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, near the Caspian and Aral Seas. All parts of the animal – milk, meat, fat, wool and pelt – have their uses.

The fat-tailed sheep is a general type of domestic sheep known for their distinctive large tails and hindquarters. Fat-tailed sheep breeds comprise approximately 25% of the world sheep population, and are commonly found in northern parts of Africa, the Middle East, PakistanAfghanistanIran, North India, Western China, Somalia and Central Asia.

The earliest record of this sheep variety is found in ancient Uruk (3000 BC) and Ur (2400 BC) on stone vessels and mosaics. Another early reference is found in the Bible (Leviticus 3:9), where a sacrificial offering is described which includes the tail fat of sheep.

Sheep were specifically bred for the unique quality of the fat stored in the tail area and the fat (called Elyah, Arabic:[4] ألية ) was used extensively in medieval Arab and Persian cookery. The tail fat is still used in modern cookery, though there has been a reported decline, with other types of fat and oils having increased in popularity.

mahmood-bazwaya-iraq-lost-shepherd-exlarge-169Before ISIS, he would get $130 per sheep, selling up to 50 a month ($6,500). Today he’s forced to offer a pair for $200.  A 45-year-old shepherd Shukar Mahmoud is stuck at a checkpoint with his flock. The Kurdish guards won’t let Mahmoud past their checkpoint to sell his sheep in their areas because they say they’re “Arab sheep.” It’s not an official rule. It’s just the rule today.

bazwaya-iraq-lost-shepherd-exlarge-169Behind Shakur Mahmoud, the danger he fled; ahead a kind-of “sectarian bureaucracy.” Beyond the checkpoint, there’s a camp for displaced people where Mahmoud’s family waits for him, but for now this is where his journey ends. Though he has — literally — run for his life, he’s not leaving his sheep behind.

“I can’t leave my sheep,” he says. “They are my life.”

Fat-tailed sheep are hardy and adaptable, able to withstand the tough challenges of desert life. When feed is plentiful and parasites not a major factor, fat-tailed sheep can be large in size and growth. The carcass quality of these sheep is quite good, with most of the fat concentrated in the tail area – it could account for as much as 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of the weight on a 60-pound (27 kilogram) carcass. The fat-tailed breeds seen frequently in the US are the Karakul and Tunis.

lamb-bazwaya-iraq-lost-shepherd-exlarge-169The wool from fat-tailed breeds is usually coarse and frequently has colored fibers. It would be of limited value in commercial markets. Today it is used primarily for rug-making and other cottage-type industries. Bedouin women make rugs and blankets from the wool. Some of their handiwork can be purchased in the villages of EgyptShearing in Egypt is done once or twice a year with hand clippers. There is a reluctance to use electric shears because of wool quality and the difficulty in getting replacement parts when they become dull or worn out.

vendortail-fat2My Palestinian goat vendor in Katy and I were trying to offload our “Two-toothed” goats on the Pakistani, Egyptian, Muslim community of Houston for $1.25/lb. The Egyptians especially kept bugging us about “sheeps with fat tail,” I said I know, I know, every place I went in my USAID Egyptian Ag-Research visits they had those, but we don’t have them in Texas.  The Philistine researched the fat-tail and vowed next year to use the goats as a loss-leader to auction off Karakul’s with a minimum opening bid of $5.00 a pound.

 

THE SMALL TOWN ELITE AND THE PIANO BANK

mbg-gosport“With your project and two more just like it, I’ll be an expert.”

I designed the bank operations center for New Jersey National Bank, in Ewing Township which included lunch at Princeton University. I sensed that with two more bank ‘paper factories’ just like NJNB I’d be an expert in data center design. That was in the Autumn of 1978 and by 1981 I had personally interviewed hundreds of computer jocks and their fellow paper-pushers – euphemistically referred to as ‘end-users’ in the architectural design trade.

My job was to size up the bank to determine how big the future facility should be and layout the workflow arrangement of the various departments. As an EDP (Electronic Data Processing) expert I got to fly first class all over the country and even Singapore translating  bank assets into square footage. I’d take out my Case Western Reserve University TI statistics calculator to construct a linear progression analysis of constant dollar growth to physical bank data processing requirements.

NCNB in Charlotte is a good example of my expertise chicanery. Back then they had gone from 3 billion to 5 billion by gobbling out of state banks. Today, they have grown through acquisition to become known as Bank of America with $2.3 trillion  in assets. Back in 1980 the original BOA had two 400,000 sqft operations centers one in LA and one in SF. As an expert, I got to help evaluate how much our proposed 750,000 sqft center for Security Pacific Bank – now part of the BOA that began as NCNB and why it’s HQ ended up in Charlotte, NC. – by taking my rule-of-thumb TI pocket calculator and multiplying $300/sq ft X computer area + $100/sq ft x office area =  an easy $100 million.

liberace-on_stage_with_rhinestone_piano-760234On a snowy day in the winter of ’81 I found myself interviewing the computer jock mafia of Denver’s Central Bank & Trust Co. a subsidiary of Baldwin United. The Baldwin, in Baldwin United was my father’s employer for 25 years, the Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The jocks’ machine room was in the rotunda shaped lobby of the bank – I searched my TI pocket for calculating the area of a circle, was it  A=πr2? So, I pivoted and asked them about the bank’s asset growth. “Well, we’ve gone from $838 million in 1973 to almost $9 billion today.”

“Holy Toledo Batman, what we have here is a whale in a bathtub” – that makes Baldwin Piano the bank, bigger than my last assignment with NCNB. Howzcum, I never heard of this outfit before?

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When I called Marion, aka my father, in Altamonte Springs, FL. to tell him the news he sounded worried. The bulk of his savings were in Baldwin United stock now trading at $50/ share and he was worried that CEO Morley Thompson’s financial engineering might come a cropper – could I check it out?

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Marion Benson Gregory was born on September 13, 1913 and I was born on his 30th birthday in 1943. Marion is my small town (Gosport population 700) elite because his father owned the poultry house and built the biggest home in Gosport in 1915 on 2+ acres. When he wasn’t candling eggs for his father he was hanging out at Herschel Walker’s radio repair shop. His electronics avocation led him to P. R. Mallory in Indianapolis to ride out FDR’s depression and a deferment from active duty in WWII.

teg-baby-sueMy sister Sue came along in 1946 to make the Gregory’s an upwardly mobile middle class family of an electrical engineer father and stay-at-home mother. We moved from the Circle-City suburbs to a countryside home in the 70 peeps Quaker community of Valley Mills that made for a 30 mile commute to P. R. Mallory. Marion brought Everett and Eva aka Marion’s parents to live downstairs off the living room.

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Marion became the wizard of Thompson Road when he brought home this monster metal box with a 7 inch TV screen and the whole neighborhood watched the 1948 Indianapolis 500. Child wise there was Nancy, Bud, Sis, Sue and me playing cowboys and Indians as seen on 7 inch TV.  Easter egg hunt and Halloween at the Society of Friends and sled riding down the only slope in the road. The quilting bee ladies added that Norman Rockwell ambiance to my childhood until June 1950 when Marion announced that we were all moving to the big city, Cincinnati.

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I don’t know how Marion got the job with the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company. This was in 1950 way before Linkedin and Craig’s List. Marion’s WWII work experience involved developing electronics for the military which meshed well with Baldwin’s  1946, introduction of its first electronic organ (developed in 1941), which became so successful that the company changed its name to the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company.

baldwin-factory-exteriorAll sister Sue and I knew was that instead of seven kids in the whole village of Valley Mills, Indiana, we had over seventy kids in our one block of Mooney Avenue in the Cincinnati suburb Hyde Park. The house was bigger because it had a huge attic and equally sized basement. We toted our metal Roy Rogers lunchboxes containing one Esther prepared P&J and one boiled ham with sandwich spread, plus an apple to elementary school. Every weekday morning Marion fired up his ’49 Mercury sedan and drove off to work.

dwight-d-eisenhower-kennedyBetween Eisenhower and JFK, Baldwin went on strike and Marion started spending a lot of time traveling to Arkansas to set up cheap Open Shop factories in the Right to Work sunbelt. In 1959, Baldwin constructed a new piano manufacturing plant in Conway, Arkansas, originally to manufacture upright pianos. In 1961 Baldwin constructed a new piano factory in Greenwood Mississippi. Subsequently production of upright pianos was moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Greenwood.

harveyMarion took me on a tour of his new office – no more engineering department lab bench but an elevator ride to a real office with a view. Sister Sue, Esther and I went along in our past expiration date Oldsmobile for Marion’s two week, not an option, vacation trips from Ludington, Michigan to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was in Strength of Materials class, fumbling with my slide rule, when someone ran in and said, “Kennedy has been shot.” That weekend I got to see Ruby shoot Oswald live on our big 24 inch, still B&W TV.

maxresdefaultMarion announced over green beans, mashed potatoes and meatloaf that he was going to Tokyo. A month or two after his return with a six pack of Japanese woodcut prints, Yamaha-San aka Mr. Stinky Feet – no matter how we tried to convince him to leave his shoes on – showed up as our house guest.  Yamaha was on the leading edge in the use of transistors instead of vacuum tubes in their electronic organs. Marion had the unenviable task of addressing church groups on why they should pay more for an old technology Baldwin versus the Yamaha.

sigma-chi1946-1964 in Fourth Turning parlance is the kick-off generation of an 80 year, four generation boom to bust saga that proceeds through the 20 year stages of A High, An Awakening, An Unraveling and A Crisis. Marion, my ‘G.I. Generation’ father, with only two years of Fenn Business College, got himself out of Gosport, through Indianapolis during the War years, and well on his way to actualizing the American Dream. Sister Sue graduated from WHHS in ’64 and entered U of Miami allowing Marion to say that his kids had it better than he did. I found my sense of belonging living in the Sigma Chi fraternity house, where I no longer had to go to Sunday school or even church. I was free to smoke, drink and drive “here, there or anywhere.”

corvetteMy future in the 1964-1984 2nd Turning: An Awakening was looking good.

MORLEY, CARL & CHARLIE THE  BAD BOYS OF CINCINNATI

At Sunday school in the basement of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Norwood, we would discuss the Hegelian side of DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM. The teacher would tap the table with the meta-physical theme that the table was not real, only the idea of the table was real. Jesus was the physical manifestation of the spiritual, Christ like idea.

original-united-dairy-farmersAs soon as class was over Marion would pick us up and drive over to Carl Lindner’s United Dairy Farmers’ store for eggs, bread, milk, at least two half-gallons of ice cream and smearcase.

According to Ms. Costello, smearcase is a Pennsylvania Dutch term for cottage cheese. It’s from the word Schmierkase meaning soft cheese that can be smeared or spread.

Sister Sue and I always thought Marion was nuts with the smearcase request cause anybody could see it was cottage cheese. However, we were enjoying the Karl Marx or in the case of UDF, Carl Lindner’s material side of DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM. The ice cream tasted very real and Karl M. or Carl L. or whoever came up with the idea should be complimented.

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Morley P. Thompson, appointed president of the company in 1970. Having graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1950, Thompson had started out as a door-to-door piano salesman. His skill at shuffling money among subsidiaries to limit corporate taxes and generate acquisition funds won him a reputation as a financial “wizard.”

Thompson would not be satisfied with a mere sideline in finance; he wanted to fashion a major conglomerate out of the nation’s largest keyboard company. Under his guidance, Baldwin acquired literally dozens of financial services firms in the 1970s and early 1980s. At its peak, the company controlled over 200 insurance companies, banks, savings and loan institutions, and investment firms.

liberace-baldwinThe D. H. Baldwin Company, a musical‐instrument manufacturer that diversified into banking in 1968, has disclosed that it received approval from the Federal Reserve Board to acquire five banks in Colorado with total assets of $130‐million.

With the acquisitions, Baldwin, which owns the $396.6‐million Central Bank and Trust Company and the $305‐million Empire Savings Building and Loan Association, both of Denver, would have financial institutions in Colorado with some $830‐million in assets.

Morley had pulled the piano strings better than Liberace by tuning-up that $830 million into $9 billion, by the time I arrived on the scene with my sketch pad in 1981.

lead_960Two years later, the Baldwin Data Center in Lakewood, CO. was up and running – we had already toured several prospective clients through the facility.  Fred Gould, the facility manager, graciously took our banking prospects around, even sharing the scandal of the security guards making CCTV video tapes of the female employees on the jogging track. Fred, in private, shared the bigger scoop, he was looking for another job because Baldwin United was headed to bankruptcy. Things were not going well in Altamonte Springs either, Marion’s $50 shares were now worth 50 cents a share.

Architecture is a leading economic indicator – when architects and engineers have work – the overall economy is going well. My employer, The Austin Company, in 1983-84 was doing gang busters in bank computer centers and newspaper printing plants. However, my expertise in bank facilities was not enough to save Marion from losing his 25 years of life savings in Baldwin Piano & Organ profit sharing stock.

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The night before I was supposed to kick-off a study of a real bank, Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, sister Sue called to say that Marion had had a heart attack and was no longer on the material side of DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM. Louise Hay, a Mary Baker Eddy on steroids, says that from the meta-physical perspective, a heart attack is caused by fears over career or money. Marion may have overdosed on smearcase but I vote losing  the loot at age 67 was what did him in.

salesman-496x300The Awakening, the 2nd Turning 1964-1984  left me disillusioned.  I threw my EMBA calculator out the window for a career in sales and marketing that was foreshadowed in Willy Loman’s Death of a Salesman.

WHY PEOPLE BUY ANYTHING

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I was sitting in my Connecticut-Jewish lawyer’s office when the man himself, Howard Kahn, returned from a $3,500 half-day marketing seminar, to help me finish my pro-bono divorce papers. I queried the counselor, “Howard, just what in the hell did you learn for $3,500?

“Teg, there are three reasons why people buy anything: 1) Pleasure, 2) Avoid Pain and 3) They’re in Pain.”

  1. Pleasure is easy, a new car, dress or filet mignon. 2) You want to avoid pain, so you buy car insurance and eat healthy foods. 3) When you are in pain you go to the emergency room of the county hospital because you don’t have health insurance.

Two years later, with great success, I was selling new homes by demonstrating the pleasures of owning a home, with the exquisite architectonic features, displayed in my model homes. My four-year path of least resistance was interrupted by the necessity of selling 50 gallons of grade ‘A’ raw goat’s milk every week, instead of four homes a month.

As the New Home Sales Counselor my task was easy. I sat around waiting until the weekend, for the first time home buyers to arrive, where I took them on a tour, followed by a financial presentation that left them giving me a $500 earnest money check. The plight of the dairy goat farmer soon became obvious when almost nobody was willing to drive 50 miles out in the country just to buy a lousy gallon of goat’s milk.

The pleasure of consuming raw goat’s milk chevre and feta was not pleasurable enough to truck out to our farm, even on a sunny weekend afternoon. Our solution to overcoming a weekly $1,500 negative cash flow was cheat, break the law and open a tent at the farmers’ market. You see the Texas raw dairy regs confine the sale to on-the farm, which precludes anybody from ever making any money because Howard’s 1) pleasure buyers and even his 2) avoid pain crowd are just not going the distance to put a teeny-tiny dent in your negative cash flow.

patient_heal_thyself__12233-1456603152-500-659Our almost two-year on the lamb run at eight farmers’ markets gave us a platform to make at least $500 per market and pile in on the 3) in pain marketplace. The first breakthrough came with Jordan Rubin’s book on how he overcame Crohn‘s by drinking raw goat’s milk kefir. The secret ingredient was whey which Rubin turned into ‘Goatein’ powder selling 440g under the Garden of Life brand for $40.84 plus shipping.

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I started bottling the 15 gallons of whey left from our pleasure seeking goat cheese operation. At just $2.00 a pint I couldn’t give the stuff away, the body-builders didn’t like the taste and the veggie lovers weren’t going to ferment 120 pints of vegetables. However, it was Rubin’s second book, The Maker’s Diet, that knowledgeably explained why cows were good, goats were better and God didn’t want you to eat pigs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The Maker’s Diet got me started researching all the 3) in pain diseases known to man that were cured or alleviated by drinking raw goat’s milk kefir. Basically any malady that is gut related is fair game e.g. Crohn’s, Colitis, Candida, IBS, Diabetes, allergies, Asthma, fights Cancer and supports detoxification. These conditions while painful enough are not enough to send you to the emergency room or take a stroll 50 miles out of town. The customers generally frequented their local health food store and consulted with an alternative health care practitioner. At the farmers’ market the 2) avoid pain and 3) in pain sympathizers were more than happy for me to deliver to the market and/or my bootlegger network of chiropractors, homeopathy ND’s and owner operated health food stores. This was good for a very positive cash flow as long as the State and Feds didn’t shut me down. Unlike, Al Capone there wasn’t a wad of surplus cash to buy-off the law enforcement officials.

dr-volpe-and-patients1-224x300Then one Saturday morning at the Houston Farmers’ Market, Dr. Arturo Volpe introduced me to the world of Neurotransmitters. Offering to buy all the raw goat’s milk kefir our 50 goats could produce, I wanted to know why? Was there an epidemic of Colitis, IBS, Leaky gut or maybe Asthma?

No, there is an epidemic of Autism, HDHD, Asperger’s, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and every neurologically challenged individual, including Hillary Clinton.

There is a connection between our gut and brain. the entire gastrointestinal system is the body’s second nervous system. “A hundred million neurotransmitters line the length of the gut, approximately the same number that is found in the brain…”

” My patients suffer from Autism and raw goat’s milk kefir has been shown to feed the brain with unadulterated NEUROTRANSMITTERS.”

At last, just when I had discovered the mother lode of type 3) in pain buyers, the girls dried up and wouldn’t come back in milk for three months. That meant no 1) pleasure, 2) avoid pain, 3) in pain buyers and no cash flow.

HEDGEFUND GURU BUYS FARMLAND

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When a commodity trading guru like Dwight Anderson, founder of the iconic Ospraie Management, has something to say on the market outlook, people tend to listen, especially when he’s consigning the last great commodity bull run to the dustbin of history and buying gold and farmland for the next crisis.

Anderson is the former Tiger Cub, whose Ospraie Management at one time ran the world’s biggest commodity hedge fund, with close to $4 billion at the peak.

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While we have previously discussed the plight of the US farming sector, with astounding increases in debt and the erosion of farmland values, Anderson sees more than just value here. 

“I think farming, in terms of the productive side of the industry, is still an incredibly under-appreciated asset and business in that you’ve got land where every single year, on average, you’re going to grow more. You maintain your water table, your soil, the nutrients there, and I get productivity growth every year. That is awesome. Every other one of the productive businesses, you produce less every year.”

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“It’s hardest to get real pricing power in agriculture, because you actually are growing productivity per year, versus the decline rates in the others. But as an asset to own for currency protection, inflation protection, just a general income, yes, yield, farming is phenomenal.”

DESPERATE LIVES ON LISTERIA LANE

listeria-blue_-bell_CDC estimates an annual average of fifteen hundred (1,591) people in the U.S. develop systemic infection caused by food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes; there have been no cases attributed to drinking raw milk in the last twelve years.

Blue Bell stopped production and distribution of ice cream to 25 states in April 2015 after the discovery of listeria. Ten reported cases of listeria were linked to Blue Bell frozen treats and three of those sickened later died.

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In fact, Blue Bell knew it had a listeria problem two years earlier. The FDA released inspection reports showing that the company had found the bacteria in its Oklahoma plant, on surfaces such as floors and catwalks, on 17 occasions beginning in March 2013. Despite this, the FDA found, Blue Bell hadn’t followed up “to identify sanitation failures and possible food contamination,” taken proper steps to root out the problem, or informed the agency of its findings. FDA inspections of multiple plants, starting in March, found not only listeria but also condensation dripping from machinery into ice cream and ingredient tanks; poor storage and food-handling practices; and failures to clean equipment thoroughly.

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The most serious public health risk due to Listeria monocytogenes, comes from contaminated ready-to eat processed foods, particularly meats.

Make your own ice cream

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3 egg yolks (pastured eggs from the farmers’ market)

1/2 cup Canadian maple  syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

3 cups of raw cow’s milk heavy cream (the secret ingredient, raw cream, requires a visit to the farm)

1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped

Beat egg yolks and blend remaining ingredients. Pour into ice cream maker per instructions.

DEATH OF RAW DAIRY

moonshine-stillTara: Finding a source of raw dairy products is akin to looking for ‘moonshine’ during prohibition. Texas is unique in the fact that the Texas Department of Health inspects and registers their licensed grade ‘A’ raw dairies. The customers’ dilemma is being forced to trek out to the countryside looking for these safe, clean, sanitary and state inspected ‘stills’ because it’s against the law to sell off-the-farm. Someday, the raw milk movement in California, led by Mark McAfee’s Organic Pastures http://www.organicpastures.com/home will raise all levels of consciousness to legalize retail raw dairy. Until Whole Foods Texas, imitates Whole Foods California, it’s the ‘speakeasy’ in the city or the ‘still’ in the country.

JLD_0005Anala Goat Company got our license in March 2003, Proverbs Farm, (goat) Alvin, Water Oak (goat) in Bryan and Stryk (cow) are the only dairies left on the Texas DSHS http://www.dshs.texas.gov/ 2014-2016 list. Unfortunately the two goat dairies Proverbs and Wateroak have called it quits.

I sold our farm in 2007 and most probably was put on the TX DSHS closed list on their 2008-2010 report. The current grade ‘A’ raw dairy list of 85, has 25 closed and 15 null (walking dead). Most of the fallen dairies are mom and pop goat’s milk producers who can’t remain viable or sustainable primarily because they need the Texas DSHS legitimization to assure themselves as well as their customers of a quality product.

However, the on-the-farm sales restriction makes it all but impossible for the dairy goat farmer to make any money. Anala grossed $200-300 a week selling only on our farm, 50 miles outside of Houston. Taking the milk, kefir and cheese to eight farmers’ markets inside Houston, brought home $4,000 a week.

organic pasturesSo, Tara, the answer to your question is NO! We no longer have any goats to milk and therefore no grade ‘A’ raw goat’s milk, kefir, feta and chevre to sell. Long removed from the Houston raw dairy scene by time and geography, I can’t even tell you where to find raw goats milk. My only suggestion is to contact Stacey Roussell of All We Need Farms in Needville. https://www.facebook.com/allweneedfarm and http://www.allweneedfarms.com/ A visit to her farm is a must for the model of a sustainable family farm.

Thank for asking, I never would have known how bad the situation was, until I took a look.

ProhibitionDSHS Current/Closed/Expired Raw Dairies Inspected March 2014 – March 2016 * sorted by City in ascending order

1) Pereira Pastures Creamery 18024 N CR 2700 Abernathy, TX 79311 Current 08/31/2017
2) Proverbs Farm & Dairy 12403 County Rd 280 Alvin, TX 77511 Closed 08/31/2014
3) Hidden Valley Dairy 402 Old Justin Rd Argyle, TX 76226 Closed 08/31/2016
4) Ash Acres Dairy 5898 Dice Grove Rd Belton, TX 76513 Current 08/31/2016
5) |2| Acres 1584 VZ CR 4909 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 Closed 08/31/2016
6) Trimble Dairy 9716 FM 1795 Big Sandy, TX 75755 Current 08/31/2016
7) Zenubi Creek Farm 11033 CR 574 Blue Ridge, TX 75424 Null 11/06/2014
8) All Swiss Enterprises LLC 1674 Cuba Rd Bridgeport, TX 76426 Current 08/31/2017
water-oak9) Wateroak Farm 8187 Wateroak Ln Bryan, TX 77808 Closed 08/31/2016
10) Ma Bella Dairy 22652 Cherokee Ln Bullard, TX 75757 Closed 08/31/2016
11) Triple F Farms 9416 W 855 Bullard, TX 75757 Closed 08/31/2014
12) Campbell’s Classic Dairy 1637 CR 312 Cleburne, TX 76031 Closed 08/31/2015
13) Sand Creek Farm 1552 CR 267 Cameron, TX 76520 Current 08/31/2016
14) Truckin’ Blues 258 PR3829 Clarksville, TX 75426 Null 11/06/2014
15) All-Natur-L 5722 CR 209 Cleburne, TX 76031 Current 08/31/2017
16) Little Dairy on the Prairie 316 CR 2293 Cleveland, TX 77327 Null 11/06/2014
17) Lonesome Doe Nubians 550 Dogwood Rd Cleveland, TX 77327 Null 11/06/2014
18) R & C Dairy 40 Crossroads Rd Collinsville, TX 76233 Current 08/31/2016
19) Calico Dairy 9950 League Line Rd Conroe, TX 77304 Current 08/31/2017
20) Hilltop Farm 1576 Hwy 19 S Crockett, TX 75835 Null 11/06/2014
21) Green Acres Goat Farm 6263 CR 602 Dayton, TX 77535 Null 11/06/2014
22) Diamond B Cattle Company 974 Hlavek Rd Decatur, TX 76234 Current 08/31/2016
inside-the-shop-with23) Veldhuizen Family Farm 425 PR 1169 Dublin, TX 76446 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Daughter Chelsea inside cheese shop
24) Valenta Jersey Farm LLC 4652 CR 303 El Campo, TX 77437 Current 08/31/2016
25) Youngs Prairie Dairy 356 Youngs Prairie Rd Elgin, TX 78621 Current 08/31/2017
26) P & E Farms 765 RSCR 3410 Emory, TX 75440 Current 08/31/2016
27) Springville Farms 2296 W FM 2795 Emory, TX 75440 Current 08/31/2016
28) Latte Da Dairy 1304 Bridle Bit Rd Flower Mound, TX 75022 Current 08/31/2016
29) Dry Valley Dairy 100 Dry Valley Rd Forestburg, TX 76239 Current 08/31/2016
30) Yellow Rose Dairy (RR-COW) Rt 1 Forestburg, TX 76239 Closed 12/11/2015
31) Homestead Farms LLC 4160 Kelle Hicks Rd Fort Worth, TX 76244 Closed 10/07/2015
32) Little Dub Farm 4901 Kelly Rd Fort Worth, TX 76126 Closed 08/31/2015
33) Liere Dairy 417 Liere Ln Franklin, TX 77856 Closed 12/16/2014
34) Better Way Dairy 163 CR 297 Gainesville, TX 76240 Closed 08/31/2014

circle-owner farmMy Dad started this dairy in 1967 and we have continued the proud tradition and heritage of having a true “family farm”.  Now my wife, Michelle along with our youngest of three sons Kevin are helping make “Neu Tradition” a wonderful reality.
35) Circle N Family Dairy LLC 2074 CR 446 Gainesville, TX 76240 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Tommy & Michelle Neu
36) Spring Creek Farms 5455 S I35 Gainesville, TX 76240 Current 08/31/2016
37) Dyer Dairy 7801 E Hwy 29 Georgetown, TX 78626 Current 08/31/2017
38) Rosey Ridge Farm 175 HCR 4415 Grandview, TX 76050 Expired 08/31/2014
39) Utterly Divine Dairy 8377 E FM 916 Grandview, TX 76050 Closed 12/11/2015
40) Clementine’s Dairy 2238 County Rd 1081 Greenville, TX 75401 Current 08/31/2016
41) True Fields I-10 S Service Road West Hallsville, TX 75650 Null 11/06/2014
42) Fair Meadow Farm 226 CR 3819 Hawkins, TX 75765 Closed 08/31/2014
43) Liberty Farms Dairy 287 CR 2495 Hico, TX 76457 Current 08/31/2017
44) D-S Steubing Dairy 2034 CR 532 Hondo, TX 78861 Current 08/31/2016
45) Phill Riggs 15 Joe Werner Way Huntsville, TX 77340 Null 11/06/2014
46) Gholson Farms Inc 402 N FM 369 Iowa Park, TX 76367 Closed 08/31/2015
47) Buttercup Farms 975 County Rd 4106 Jacksonville, TX 75766 Expired 08/31/2015
48) Trail Creek Dairy Trail Creek Dairy Rt 2 Box 59 Closed 12/11/2015
49) Full Quiver Farms 6238 FM 3396 Kemp, TX 75143 Current 08/31/2017
50) Twelve Gates 6330 Gander Slough Rd Kingsbury, TX 78638 Null 11/06/2014
51) Bradley Farm 1046 BCR 111 Lampasas, TX 76550 Closed 12/11/2015
52) Miller Farms 12730 FM 471 S La Coste, TX 78039 Current 08/31/2016
53) 101 Ranchita Dairy Goats LLC 7538 FM 609 La Grange, TX 78945 Closed 08/31/2015

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54) The Jersey Barnyard 3117 Hwy 159 La Grange, TX 78945 Current 08/31/2017
55) Keechi Creek Dairy LLC 316 6057 CR 106 Leona, TX 75850 Current 08/31/2017
56) Crystal Creek Farms 810 S Frontage Rd Lorena, TX 76655 Closed 10/05/2015
57) Flatlander Dairy (RR-COW) Rt 2 Box 99B Lubbock, TX 79415 Closed 12/11/2015
header58) Cole’s Creamery 2065 RR 1723 Mason, TX 76856 Current 08/31/2016
59) Rose of Sharon Acres 3907 CR 1202 N Maud, TX 75567 Null 11/06/2014
60) Mill-King Genetics 0 1410 Coyote Ln McGregor, TX 76657 Current 08/31/2016
61) Edens Lilly 5579 Rancho Tuluca Rd Mercedes, TX 78570 Current 08/31/2016
62) Happy Feet Farm 2701 CR 140 Midland, TX 79707 Null 11/06/2014
63) Coursey Family Farm 6424 S FM 113 Millsap, TX 76066 Current 08/31/2016
64) Lindley Organic Farm 3452 FM 49 Mineola, TX 75773 Closed 08/31/2014
65) The Waldo Way LLC 395 County Rd 2482 Mineola, TX 75773 Current 08/31/2017
66) Four E Dairy Inc 784 County Road 251 Moulton, TX 77975 Current 08/31/2016
67) Ragels Ziegenhof 2850 Bunker St New Braunfels, TX 78130 Null 11/06/2014
68) K-Bar Dairy 237 CR 3389 Paradise, TX 76073 Current 08/31/2017
69) Lavon Farms 3721 N Jupiter Rd Plano, TX 75074 Current 08/31/2017
71) Mountain Spring Dairy General Delivery Rockwall, TX 75087 Closed 12/11/2015
72) Elkmeadows Dairy Goats 317 Willowbrook Ln Royse City, TX 75189 Null 11/06/2014
73) Able Oaks Ranch Rusk, TX 75785 Null 11/06/2014
74) El Camino De Las Cabras 13466 Door Key Rd San Angelo, TX 76904 Current 08/31/2016
75) Healthy Way Dairy 15525 Cedar Santa Fe, TX 77517 Current 08/31/2016
BOB STRYK76) Stryk Jersey Farm 629 Krenek Stryk Rd Schulenburg, TX 78956 Current 08/31/2017 Picture: Bob Stryk the cheese-maker
77) Raw Jesus Foods LLC 12061 FM 466 Seguin, TX 78155 Current 08/31/2017
78) Doeland Dairy 107 Wagon Wheel Dr Spring Branch, TX 78070 Current 08/31/2016
79) Acrea Hills Farm LLC 977 CR 150 Stephenville, TX 76401 Closed 08/31/2016
80) Gramen Farm 20158 Bauer Hockley Rd Tomball, TX 77377 Current 08/31/2016
81) Tule Creek Nubians Dairy 1750 CR 16 Tulia, TX 79088 Null 08/04/2015
82) Cream Top Dairy LLC 2423 Sister Grove Rd Van Alstyne, TX 75495 Current 08/31/2016
83) Triple S Dairy LLC 240 Windmill Ln Waco, TX 76705 Current 08/31/2016
84) World Hunger Relief Inc 483303 356 Spring Lake Rd Waco, TX 76705 Current 08/31/2016
85) Stockton 5 Dairy 113 McKinzie Ln Weatherford, TX 76087 Closed 08/31/2015
86) Restless Prairie Farm 383 Soaring Eagle Trail Wichita Falls, TX 76310 Current 01/06/2015
87) Pure Milk Farms 22456 Vincent Rd Winnie, TX 77665 Closed 08/31/2014

THE BIG ZIMBABWEOSKI

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Where are the wheelbarrows? Every time in world economic history, when the government begins printing money exponentially the banknotes face value goes from one to a million, to a billion and in the case of the Big Zimbabweoski a trillion. Why have we not yet seen Americans waddling behind their Home Depot wheelbarrow full of dollars into Wal-Mart to buy groceries.

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The coming apocalypse, you know the one where Hillary stands between us and the apocalypse or she is the bridge to the apocalypse. Whether we call it the Apocalypse Soon or the Big Zimbabweoski, there should be people pushing wheelbarrows of worthless greenbacks. Germany’s Weimar Republic did the job in four years 1919-1923, we’ve been cranking out the ‘moolah’ since Nixon took us off the gold standard in August 1971. In the brief four generation history of money JFK realized that the ‘jig’ was up and tried to bypass the Fed with his EO #11.110.

jfk-in-officeJFK started printing his own money issued by the US Treasury, like Abe Lincoln’s ‘greenbacks’ during the Civil War. Five months after JFK was shot the Kennedy dollars were recalled, leaving the printing presses to the Fed. The Fed was limited to a 4/1 ratio of paper to gold. LBJ got the bright idea of spending 100 million a day in Vietnam which was peanuts compared to his $22 trillion (in today’s dollars) Great Society.

nixon-shock-smWhen, Tricky Dick took six more years to end the war the Fed was already maxed out on the $32/oz equals $128 of fiat, wheelbarrow money. The “Nixon Shock” closed the gold window, ended the Bretton Woods Agreement and opened the door to Zimbabwe land.

However, we have to go to the next generation 1982-2004, the Millennials, the 3rd Turning, the Unravelling and Alan Greenspan the “Great Unraveller.”

If You Can’t Do, Exponentiate

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Greenspan, the Mona Lisa of Central banks, responded to the flash crash of 1987, the Dot.Com bust of 2001 and the housing bubble by printing an additional 3.5 trillion paperbacks on the Nixon legacy of 1.5 trillion. Leaving the Fed in 2006 with, “Not to worry we can always print more money.” Which brings us to the 4th Turning, the Crisis 2005-2026 and the seven-year reign of Helicopter Ben Bernanke.

Never let a crisis go to waste

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Bernanke took the Lehman Brothers baton and ran with it, putting his 4 trillion of paper onto the 4 trillion that Greenspan left. He got the handle, “Helicopter Ben” because in the 21st century you don’t need wheelbarrows to haul the fiat money door-to-door, you digitize it. However, when the 4 trillion went directly to the bourgeoisie 1% and zilch to the rest of us, Ben suggested dropping the printed material from the sky on the proletariat 99%.

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No helicopters and no wheelbarrows came under Ben. It’s up Janet Yellen to burst the Big Zimbabweoski.