From the Publisher …
Jon Angell

On page 7, Lee Pitts talks about what is in your pockets and the significance of a pocket knife. It got me to thinking about what is my pockets and what it says about me. Check out the photo, I emptied my right and left pocket; I threw out some of the lint, hay and crumpled up receipts. I’m thinking my pocket contents clearly say I am a cattleman that wants to be prepared for the day, or maybe I am in the beginning stages of a hoarding problem.

But then as I looked, it has me asking, “where’s my pocket knife; surely I didn’t lose another one?”

Up front this month is an article from The Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) which is an independent in-depth, investigative and explanatory reporting group. The story featured here goes into depth about how the fescue belt came to be, what it is, what is being done, not done, and why. I thought it interesting and gave some interesting information. Its perspective is written for a far less conservative, possibly, an urban readership. In reading, there were some red flag words and phrases jump out at me as I read the narrative it presents. You might think of them as “triggers for conservatives.”

In all, it is a well written and informative feature that I hope you spend some time with.

Also, up front, like we need something else to worry with, a new cattle disease is emerging. The article by Linda Whelan Geist is informative, but not very encouraging. Sounds like it presents much like anaplasmosis, but lacks an effective treatment. Then it goes on to mention transmission and other “trigger words” like “carriers for life.” Isn’t that special.

Of course, we have a wide and diverse offering of news and opinions throughout this issue.

On page 11, Trent Loos shares some interesting news about the regulations that are hampering small meat processors. Seems like the right hand and the left hand of the government are working against itself. Part of the government is doling out money and incen-tives to grow new small and dispersed harvest facili-ties, while the other hand of government is trying to regulate them to death. Can’t say I’m surprised.

We had a good bit of reader feedback and engagement since the last couple of issues. Be sure to check out the letter from Mark Wilsdorf on page 12. We will post a video link on our webpage for those who would like to view the documentary he speaks of.
I also received a phone complaint from a new reader from the Lee Summit area, who had picked up a copy of the paper at the Kingsville, MO stockyard. It seem that the reader was “highly offended by the article on page 18” of the April edition that was reprinted from the Jewish News Syndicate expressing a mix of opinion and information regarding how the idea of compassion can change with culture and religious differences.

It was explained that the reader had Muslim family members and he found the article to be offensive, and wondered how it had any business in a farm publication. In short, I was asked to print an apology. I told him that was unlikely to happen. Frankly, I wasn’t clear on what I should be apologizing for, but I encouraged him to write a letter to the editor explaining his concerns with the article. He expressed his unlikeliness to put forth the effort to write a letter, but that efforts of contacting advertisers and supporters of the publication would be his approach.

So, it sounds as if cancel culture may at last be targeting your humble correspondent. So if the ink runs dry here, you will have an idea what may have happened.

So, while we are at it, the offensive page 18 this month talks about some of the reasons for the lawlessness and society derogation in part to the progressive hijacking of many district attorney offices. Yes I said it, progressive hijacking, as an unapologetic conservative, I have little patience and no love for the disruptive and damning policy proscriptions by progressives. But that of course is only my humble opinion. For all those thin-skinned people I have offended, please send your cancel culture letters to PO Box C, I will be looking forward to you defending your position and proving me and my conservative perspectives wrong.

Also, I received the following note:
“Yes Jon, I appreciate your paper and can’t lay it down till I’ve read it all. One thing that’s very useful to me is a market report that lists size of group, size of cattle, and the price per pound. This seems to help me make good decisions on buying and selling cattle for our small backgrounding business. – Thanks, Ezra.”

Doc Farmer sent a note stating that he liked the “historical feature articles,” to which I agree. I received several other notes and suggestions that have been very helpful, many of which are leading me to tweak what we are doing. So Ezra, I will try to use your note to see if any of the local markets want to do as you ask, and Doc Farmer, I am pursuing a new feature, if I can pull it off you will really like.

So, as of now, I am out of time. Thanks again for reading and supporting our publication. Please mention us with all the advertisers who choose to stand with us and not cancel us, let them know it’s alright to continue supporting our efforts with their advertising dollars.

Send questions, story ideas, criticism, encouragement to:
Jon Angell
Publisher CA
PO Box C
Centralia MO 65240