Tom DeWeese

My address to the Colorado Independent Cattlemen’s Association

I’m not a cattleman and I’m not going to pretend I know everything you are facing. But I do know that the major weapon being used against your industry is the misnamed control devise called Sustainable Development. I know why and I know who the players are. I hope I can leave you today with some ideas on how to fight them.

To begin, let’s set the terms and make one thing very clear. The use of the word sustainable may sound like a comfortable term, not threatening. After all, you, your parents, and those before them have probably been successfully working the same land for decades. That’s true sustainability. But that is not what it means to those forces pushing that term today. Sustainable today means sustained control. Sustained power. And very soon – sustainable poverty for many.

Most people immediately equate Sustainable Development with environmental policy. Of course, concern for the environment is the justification most often used for its implementation. But, in fact land, and economic control are at the heart of Sustainable policy and, assuming it is simply good environmental stewardship proves to be a serious and dangerous mistake.

The term “Sustainable Development” was born on the pages of the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. It is basically the policy for the implementation of Agenda 21 which came along in 1992. The announced purpose of Agenda 21 was a “comprehensive blueprint for the reorganization of human society”.

Now to make this blue print effective they needed us to voluntarily give up our liberties. What could be such a powerful threat to get us all to do that? Well, how about the threat of Environmental Armageddon? It doesn’t matter how many rights you think you have if you don’t have a planet to stand on! Climate change is the tool of choice to scare us all into voluntarily surrendering our liberties to this BLUEPRINT to change human society. And that’s why they will not give up on this scam – no matter how much true science debunks it.

If you doubt that then let me share this quote from Christina Stewart, the former Canadian Minister of the Environment: “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony … climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” That “justice and equality” she speaks of is redistribution of wealth – which means socialism. Sustainable Development is not just a conservation policy to assure we are good stewards of the land: rather, it affects every corner of our lives.

The Sustainable ground troops are made up of hundreds of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), including the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. They, and hundreds more like them, helped to write Agenda 21.

How many of you have heard of the Wildlands Project? In the 1980s one of the most radical environmental organizations emerged – named Earth First! Its leader was Dave Foreman. Earth First! saw themselves as “Eco-Warriors” the Esprit de Corp of the radical environmental movement. Monkeywrenching was their tactic of choice. Sabotage. They destroyed mining equipment, blew up power transmission lines and spiked trees. That little bit of fun meant they drove a spike into a tree. When the timber company then cut the tree down and sent it to the mill, as the saw blades hit the spike they would explode. Timber production stopped! Victory for the Eco Warriors.

Forman had big plans. He said, “My three main goals would be to reduce human populations to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with its full compliment of species, returning throughout the world.” Do you see any room for you and your cattle in that vision?

Oh, but these were just the ravings of a radical lunatic – not to be taken seriously. Well…not so fast! You see, Foreman’s ideas became the basis for the UN’s Biodiversity Treaty. “Rewilding” became the term to lock away over 50% of all the land in every state – back to the way if was before Christopher Columbus came this way. No human activity. No roads. No homes. No industry. That became the basis for the whole Sustainable movement.

Foreman got specific about how he saw YOUR future. “Our vision is simple. We live for the day when Grizzlies in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska. When gray wolf populations are continuous from New Mexico to Greenland.”

One of Foreman’s fellow Earth First!ers said, “The native ecosystems and the collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.” You see, this “vision” became the driving force for the entire radical environmental movement. It was first expressed in the 1970s in the UN’s Habitat 1 Conference that said, “Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.” That’s how you reorganize human society.

Thomas Lovejoy, a Clinton appointed Science Advisor to the Department of Interior said, “We will map the whole nation…determine development for the whole country and regulate it all.” That is Sustainable Development.

Why is the excuse of environmental protection their most diabolical weapon? Because the environment doesn’t obey political boundaries. Rivers run through many towns and states. Then we have the corridors of crops and wildlife patterns. So environmental protection becomes the perfect excuse to move national sovereignty out of the way and open the borders to the “natural migration” of people.

On the county level we then have a need for a coalition of multiple counties working together on “mutual” needs, thus reducing your power at the ballot box to elect the kind of local government you desire. Then there is the matter of that boundary around your house – your private property – that the community needs to control – just to protect the environment, of course.

It is essential that every American understands that these leading issues we face today are not just random concerns that accidentally find their way into the forefront of political debate. They are all interconnected to be policies of Sustainable Development and the restructuring of our way of life. Their selected tactic is to control the land, water, energy, and population of the Earth. To achieve these ends requires, among other things, the destruction of private property rights and elimination of every individual’s ability to make personal life-style choices, including personal diet. That’s why the American Beef Industry is such a tasty target.

Of course, no totalitarian-bound movement would ever put their purpose in such direct terms. That’s where the environmental protection excuse comes in. Instead, American cattle producers are simply assured that no one wants to harm your industry, just make it safer for the environment. The gun industry might recognize that such an assurance sounds a bit familiar. Same source, same tactics, same goals.

Enter Bill Clinton’s President’s Council on Sustainable Development, (which was created a year after Agenda 21 to assure it’s policy of Sustainable Development became the rule of law). The President’s Council included representatives of most federal agencies, many of the NGOs who helped write Agenda 21 at the UN level, and representatives of global corporations. The President’s Council laid out the “Principles of Sustainability” called “Our Vision of a Sustainable United States of America.”

To carry out these plans, the President’s Council created a task force called the Sustainable Agriculture Task Force. The purpose, according to the report – “The Sustainable Agriculture Task force is developing an integrated vision of sustainable Agriculture, focusing on sustainable production practices and systems. The Task force will recommend goals and actions in the areas of agriculture-related research and education, technology, and farming practices and system to the Council for National Action Strategy.” So the offered solution to “fix” the beef industry is “sustainable certification”. All the cattle growers have to do is follow a few simple rules and all will be fine, peaceful, and profitable.

Now, enter the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). The task force led the way to its creation. In all of their “expert wisdom” based on this Taskforce, here are some of their reasons why they claim the beef industry is not sustainable.

Deforestation – the claim is that farm animals require considerably more land than crops to produce food. The World Hunger Program calculated that if the land was used to grow grain and soy instead of cattle the land could provide a vegan diet to 6 billion people. Do you get that – a vegan diet!

Of course, as I’m sure you know, most grazing land in the U.S. cannot be used for growing food crops because the soil wouldn’t sustain crops. It’s also interesting to note that in Brazil, the WWF managed to force that government to lock away almost 50% of that nation’s land into unusable parks. Now they are working on that same goal in the American west.

Fresh Water – they claim that the America diet requires 4,200 gallons of water per day, including animal drinking water, irrigation of crops, processing, washing, etc. Whereas a vegan diet only requires 300 gallons per day. Apparently they don’t plan to irrigate the land to grow wheat or to wash the vegetables.

The interesting thing about this detail is that the actual sustainable policies they are enforcing to fix this problem destroy the small family farms in favor of the very giant corporate factory farms they profess to oppose.

Food Productivity – say the Greens, food productivity of farmland is falling behind the population and the only option, besides cutting the population, is to cut back on meat consumption and convert grazing lands to food crops. However, the only places where such shortages may exist are in totalitarian societies where government is controlling food production and supplies – Just like the Green’s plan for sustainable beef.

Global Warming – here we go! Say the Greens, global warming is driven by energy consumption and cows are energy guzzlers.

But there’s more to the story. Cow flatulence! A single dairy cow, they claim, produces an average of 75 kilos of methane annually. Meanwhile, environmentalists want to return the rangelands to historic species, including buffalo. And a buffalo, grazing on the same grass on the same lands, would emit about the same amount of methane. It’s a non-issue.

Not long ago many farmers were being harassed by government agents over pollution in streams running through their land. The government charged that the cattle were the cause and demanded they build a fence to keep the cattle from the stream. They demanded, they harassed, and they threatened. Then they found that the pollution wasn’t being caused by the cows, rather the source was feral hogs. Of course, an environmentalist, who has never worked a ranch or farm and rarely comes out of his New York high-rise, might not know that.

So, these are some of the reasons why it’s charged that beef is unsustainable and must be ruled, regulated and frankly, eliminated. These are charges brought by anti-beef vegans who want all beef consumption stopped. In cahoots, are environmentalists who seek to stop the private ownership and use of land under the excuse of environmental protection.

And the sad fact is, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the organization many have been trusting to represent your interests, has betrayed you by allowing itself to be used as the Judas Goat to lead the industry to sustainable slaughter.

To bring the cattle industry into line with this world view the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has accepted the imposition of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, which is heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the World Wildlife Fund, one of the top three most powerful environmental organizations in the world and a leader of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which basically sets the rules for global environmental policy.

This is the same World Wildlife Fund that issued a report saying, “Meat consumption is devastating some of the world’s most valuable and vulnerable regions, due to the vast amount of land needed to produce animal feed.” The report went on to say that, to save the Earth, it was vital that we change human consumption habits away from meat. Again, the fact is, most land used for grazing isn’t capable of growing crops for food.

Regulations using these principles impose a political agenda that ignores the fact that smaller, independent cattle growers have proven to be the best stewards of their own land and that for decades have produced the highest grade of beef product in the world. Instead, to continue to produce you will be required to submit to a centralized control of regulations that will never end and will always increase in costs and needless waste of manpower.

To follow the sustainable rules and be officially certified, you, as a cattle grower, must agree to have much of the use of your land reduced to provide for wildlife habitat. There are strict controls over water use and grazing areas. This forces you to have smaller herds, making the process more expensive and economically unviable for the industry. In addition, there is a new layer of industry and government inspectors, creating a massive bureaucratic overreach, causing yet more costs for you.

The Roundtable rules are now enforced through the four packing companies that control the entire American beef market. Your ability to get your cattle to market is getting harder every day – unless you comply with rules that are simply designed to put you out of business. And yet, if you do comply, you will certainly go out of business.

Do you understand the game that is being played on you? You are not supposed to win – you are supposed to quietly comply and then die. You cannot reason with them. You cannot compromise with them. You follow their rules. They own the game.

So as the packers, Cargill, Tyson, JBS and National Beef, force their expensive, unnecessary, and unworkable sustainable certification on American cattlemen, they are systematically bringing in cheaper product from other countries that don’t necessarily adhere to strict, sanitary, safe production. As a result there is a noticeable rise in news reports of recalls of diseased chicken and beef in American grocery stores. They get away with this ruse because their first step was to remove the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) from the packaging in stores so consumers have no idea where the product is coming from.

This, then, is the situation that is threatening the American beef industry. If one reads the documents and statements from the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations Environment Program, and others involved, it is not hard to realize that the true goal is not to make beef better, but to ban it altogether. And believe it or not, the fact that some of the beef sold in stores is becoming lower grade and even diseased, works in the Sustainablist’s favor too – because the ultimate goal is to stop the consumption of beef. So fear is a valuable tool.

The question must then be asked, why is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association allowing this to happen, and indeed, joining with the Sustainable Beef Roundtable to force these policies on its members? The answer is actually quite tragic. They have beaten you into submission with that word Sustainable. American ranchers, farmers and livestock growers have been targets of the environmental and animal rights movements for years.

You just want to be left alone to work your farms and herds like your forefathers have done for more than a century. But the pressure is growing day by day. So, many have come to believe that if you just go along – put the sustainable label on your product — then this pressure will stop. In short, it would be a pressure valve release.

I’m sorry to tell you that it is not a release. Compromising and trying to play ball with these zealots is not going to make it go away. You must understand that the goal is not about improving your industry or environmental protection. The tragic reality is this is a drive for the destruction of your industry. Remember, the UN calls this the reorganization of human society. You and your way of life are to be reorganized to fit their view of human existence.

The attack has now grown to major proportions with the Green New Deal. Beefeaters have no place in the sustainable paradise of city apartment dwellers who accept government controls to choose for them what they are permitted to eat.

R-CALF USA, the courageous group leading the fight to save you, has managed to slow the Sustainable capture of the industry. But the packers’ control is a major roadblock if you can’t reach the market. R-CALF has filed Abuse of Conduct suits to shed light on the anti-trust activities of the monopoly tactics of the packers. It’s a good and valuable start.

However, the beef industry cannot recover on its own. Your story must be told to the consumers. They must become outraged about the real reasons prices are soaring and quality is going down, as the danger to their own health is increasing. You must focus on how to get your message out to consumers that a force is loose in our country that is robbing them of the freedom of choice for their own dinner plate, perhaps even for their own health. You know these facts – but the average American doesn’t. Now how do you do that? You are in a crisis situation. That calls for drastic, creative measures.

You must get dramatic to get the attention of consumers. You must get the American people to understand the threat to the beef industry. I have a modest little suggestion as to how you can get the attention of the entire nation – and start a nation-wide discussion on your plight.

Here is my modest suggestion to help you get the public’s attention. Start a cattle drive right down the main street of cities across the country. Drive your cattle right to city hall or the state capital. As you pass through town people are going to be very startled and curious, to say the least. Take advantage of that by passing out leaflets that tell them why you are doing this.

Now that you have everyone’s attention, tell your story. Hold a news conference right there on the steps of city hall or the state capital. In that news conference, demand that “Country of Origin” labels be put on all beef products so you know where your food comes from.

Second, demand that the Department of Agriculture reject this sustainable myth and protect the American free market that has always provided superior products.

Third, expose the packers by name. Help the American consumer become your ally in every grocery and steak house in the nation. Demand American beef for Americans! So, if they see that cute little WWF panda on the label – they’ll drop it like a hot potato.

Above all, publicly call out the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to get its collective head out of the sand and join you before the entire industry is destroyed. Expose the fact that the NCBA is working directly with your mortal enemy, the World Wildlife Fund, which believes that beef consumption must be stopped in order to save the earth.

At your news conferences ask this question of the NCBA: Why would the WWF be welcomed into any part of your industry? It means they can effectively destroy you from the inside. And that is exactly what they are doing.

Can you imagine the impact this would have if you had five cattle drives in five cities in one day? It would get international attention. The only way you can survive is to fight.

I know some of you may be thinking this idea of a cattle drive is over the top. Perhaps it will cause more trouble than it’s worth. Well, just a few weeks ago several thousand farmers in the Netherlands staged a protest over similar government restrictions on their industry by blocking the roads into The Hague. The resulting traffic jam brought nearly the entire country to a halt. And the people supported the framers. The national government immediately reacted and called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. The point is you must do something dramatic to get the nation’s attention!

So-called sustainable policy is not a free market. It is a government-sanctioned monopoly that is little short of a criminal enterprise. This is a dark, evil force with a one-sided goal designed to put you out of business and control or destroy your industry.

If you intend to survive, you must all become modern day Paul Reveres. That means taking direct, creative action. The very future of our nation and its ability to feed itself, while remaining free and strong, depends on the choices you make today. As martyred rancher LaVoy Finicum said, it matters how you stand!

© 2019 Tom DeWeese – All Rights Reserved

E-Mail Tom DeWeese: Contact Tom DeWeese

About the Author: Tom DeWeese

Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. A native of Ohio, he’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses since the age of 23. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society. Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report. For 40 years Tom DeWeese has been a businessman, grassroots activist, writer and publisher. As such, he has always advocated a firm belief in man’s need to keep moving forward while protecting our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights. The DeWeese Report , 70 Main Street, Suite 23, Warrenton Virginia. E-Mail: admin@americanpolicy.org E-Mail: ampolicycenter@hotmail.com Website: www.americanpolicy.org

This week’s segment is titled “Presidential Executive Orders” and discusses the relationship between R-CALF USA’s lawsuit against the RFID mandate and those Executive Orders.  

When it comes to government-mandated programs, no one seems to get more fired up than the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fun United Stockgrowers of America.

Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF) and several private ranchers have sued the USDA to prevent radio frequency identification (RFID) tags from becoming mandatory for cattle and bison moving across state lines.

Listen to this weeks R-CALF Radio broadcast: Click Here

Bill Bullard, President - R-Calf USA
Bill Bullard – President of R-CALF USA

The USDA announced in April a four-year implementation process for the eventual discontinuation of metal bangs ear tags. The department will stop providing free tags at the end of this year, and metal tags will no longer be produced by January 2021. By the beginning of 2023, RFID tags will be mandatory for cattle and bison traveling interstate as part of the brucellosis eradication program.

R-CALF seeks declaratory judgment and an injunction against Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and USDA Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Kevin Shae for the upcoming regulation.

“Our lawsuit draws a line in the sand telling the USDA that our industry will no longer stand for the agency’s blatant government overreach,” R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said in an official statement.

The legal battle

The lawsuit alleges that USDA unlawfully mandated the use of RFID tags and violates current traceability regulations. The current regulation published by APHIS in 2013, Traceability of Livestock Moving Interstate, established the requirements for the official identification and documentation necessary for interstate movement.

The 2013 regulation was designed to allow for “maximum flexibility for states, tribal nations, and producers to work together to find identification solutions that meet their local needs…” according to an APHIS factsheet.

R-CALF calls particular attention to the guideline allowing an “official eartag,” or “other forms of identification as agreed to by the shipping and receiving states,” which could include brands, tattoos, permanent metal ear tags and backtags for animals destined for slaughter.

The APHIS rule also prohibited states and tribes from requiring RFID technology in order to ensure “all producers using the low cost official eartags may move their cattle to any other state or tribal land using that method of official identification.”

The plaintiffs argue that the new regulation will impose substantial financial and management burdens on livestock producers in terms of handling and identification.

The lawsuit claims USDA issued the RFID plan in April without following the notice-and-comment process and without publishing it in the Federal Register, and therefore is in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.

“Regardless of the procedure used, however, there is no question that it is intended as a ‘substantive’ or ‘legislative’ rule that is designed to impose legally binding obligations on livestock producers,” the lawsuit accused.

Cattle ear tags with the 840 prefix meet the USDA interim tag standard for UHF (ultra-high frequency) Animal Identification.
Photo courtesy of Kansas Livestock

“This case is important well beyond the livestock industry,” said Harriet Hageman, senior litigation counsel with the New Civil Liberties Alliance in a statement. “Congress has not passed legislation requiring animal RFID, these agencies have. Of even greater concern is the fact that they did so through the back door and without following the law… The USDA and APHIS are seeking to force compliance through extralegal lawmaking.”

The suit also alleges the regulation is in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act by failing to involve or notify other interested parties to develop the 2019 RFID plan.

In addition, the plaintiffs contest USDA failed to consider the effect of its actions on small entities and violated the Regulatory Flexibility Act. In fact, the 2013 rule acknowledged that adopting a full RFID system would range from $1.2 billion to $1.9 billion in implementation.

“Today, the USDA is catering to special interests and running roughshod over the rights of America’s cattle producers by forcing them and their industry to incur costs that could run into the billions of dollars,” Bullard said. “The agency wants to gift RFID ear tag manufacturers even more profits…”

The plaintiffs declare the 2019 RFID Plan as arbitrary and an abuse of discretion. — Anna Miller, WLJ editor

R-CALF is the only all rancher membership organization in the USA, and the only group protesting ADT in the USA. Every USA cattle producer should be an R-CALF member. Click For Application. DD

Here is this week’s recording in mp3 and m4a formats. This week’s segment discusses R-CALF USA’s plan to stop the USDA from unlawfully mandating the use of radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) without first seeking public comment through a public rulemaking process.

Thank you.

Bill

Bill Bullard

During the Obama administration USA sovereignty was freely distributed to every tin-horn upstart organization world wide – now American Agriculture, the people who feed the world, are paying a price in many directions.

Bill Bullard

This short radio broadcast by CEO of R-CALF, Bill Bullard  quickly gives the history, and predicts the future of how the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT), a costly enforcement on all USA cattle producers, is being plunged down the throats of ranchers. (click here to listen) NAIS/ADT has been soundly refused by producers for the last 10 years, yet the USDA, NCBA, Mexico, Canada and the American Farm Bureau all agree it is a reasonable price all USA cattle people should be happy to pay.

Play this radio condensed version and groan, if you raise livestock, or plan to purchase beef in the future — it is designed that,  you-will-pay!

R-CALF is the only all rancher membership organization in the USA, and the only group protesting ADT in the USA. Every USA cattle producer should be an R-CALF member. Click For Application.

News With Views – 6-12-2019

by: Ron Ewart

As advocates for the American rural landowner, it falls upon NARLO (National Association of Rural Landowners) from time to time to support landowners in their constant struggle against onerous land use and environmental regulations, many of which are patently unconstitutional.  Such was the case for a Colorado landowner that lives in a very remote part of Western Colorado.  It seems overly restrictive regulations prohibited the landowner from dividing his 65-acres into two (2) five-acre tracts and one 55-acre tract.  He wanted to give the two five-acre tracts one each to his two daughters.  As a land consultant, we came to his aid with a strong letter to the local authorities, which we have repeated below.  We have altered the names to some degree to protect the party’s identity.  This story is just one example of the piling on of insane regulations and the corruption that exists, even in small town America.  It also shows how very rural counties are taking on the regulations of high dense urban cities, when such regulations aren’t warranted.  This is mostly driven by UN Agenda 21 policies that are in direct conflict with constitutionally protected property rights.  City dwellers have no idea the heavy burden this places on the rural landowner.

Capital Building and man on horse

Dear Planning Commission Members:

Our non-profit organization represents rural landowners throughout America against the onslaught of ever-tightening land use and draconian environmental regulations. We find that big-city land use codes are being re-invented in rural areas, that are totally out of proportion to rural settings and largely based on UN Agenda 21 social and environmental policies that fly in the face of American constitutionally protected property rights. Your county would be considered as quite rural, if not almost remote from large cities.  With a population of around 5,000 citizens, that works out to about 10 people per square mile.  Many areas of America would be ecstatic to have such low densities.  And yet, your land use code represents what very large cities do to control and manipulate growth, for reasons that are largely un-American.  The desire to maintain a rural or agricultural character unfairly restricts rural property owners and subjects a rural minority to the tyranny of an urban majority.   It is anything but equal protection under the law.  By what rule of constitutional law is a majority allowed to dictate land use policy to a minority, without constitutional due process or just compensation?

We would like to address two issues with this communication.  First, it has been brought to our attention that a Mr. Craig Smith and his wife Renee of No Place, CO have made application to divide Lot 35 of Log Village Unit 3, into two smaller tracts and one larger tract.  And the reason for their application is so that they can deed the two smaller tracts to their two daughters; a very reasonable request.  Their property is part of a larger Planned Unit Development Subdivision, purportedly known as Log Village Unit 3.  Our review of the elements of this case is that their application for subdivision falls well within the zoning requirements for the area and is serviced by all the necessary roads and utilities.  The proposed lot sizes are no smaller than existing lot sizes in the unit. 

However, we find two glaring concerns.  The first is a land use code requirement that two thirds of the adjacent property owners and two thirds of the owners in Unit 3 must grant their approval before the Smith’s can receive county approval for their subdivision.  We find this requirement to not only be almost impossible to obtain, but patently punitive, if not unconstitutional.  As you well know, it is hard to get 50% approval of anything, much less two thirds.   Just ask the U. S. Congress.   It also leaves the door open for retribution by one or more property owners against an applicant.  It further subjects the applicant to blackmail for one or more approval votes.  If adjacent property owners have so much control over a single neighbor’s property, it would seem fair that the neighbors with the control pick up a portion, if not all, of the applicant’s property taxes and subdivision fees.

The other issue that we find particularly curious is the fact that one of the adjoining property owners to the Smith’s proposed subdivision is none other than your land use administrator himself, one Douglas Cann.  This begs the question of the appearance of fairness doctrine, if not a direct conflict of interest.  We also find it highly questionable that the staff, under which Mr. Cann oversees, is now proposing changes to the County Land Use Code, Section 6, by what the Commission agenda describes as “housekeeping changes” only.  We have read the annotated copy of Section 6 showing those changes and they are anything but “housekeeping”.  In fact, these changes beg the appearance of an outright, blatant attempt by planning staff and perhaps Mr. Cann, to stop the Smith’ from subdividing their property at all.

Mr. Smith’s attorney sent a detailed letter, with specifics, to the County attorney, one John Degan, requesting reasons why the Smith subdivision cannot proceed.   To our knowledge, the county attorney has not responded, in any manner, to that request.  Again, this begs the question, was her delay in answering the Smith’s attorney’s letter, based on proposed revisions to the County Land Use Code that would render the request moot?

From our vantage point, we see an orchestrated pattern to deny the Smith’s their full right to subdivide their property for the very reasonable purpose of deeding that property over to their two daughters.  To deny them this right has the distinct odor of political and unconstitutional under handedness.

We specifically request the following:

  1. We direct the land use planning staff to deliver a copy of this letter to each of the commission members, prior to the start of the evening workshop and further said letter is to be entered into the record as public testimony, when a hearing for public testimony has convened.
  2. That you grant the Smith’s final approval to a very minor subdivision of their land. Their subdivision has little impact, harms no one and delays in or denial of approval would appear to be political, if not punitive in nature.  Mr. Smith has bent over backwards to work with adjoining and unit property owners, to allay their concerns.
  3. That you revise the PUD code to remove the 2/3rds requirement for adjacent property owners and owners within a connected subdivision unit, to approve applications for a subdivision of property within that unit. Allowing notice to and public testimony by adjacent property owners is how most jurisdictions handle this situation.  Again, this appears to be a blatant attempt to make further subdivision of property so difficult, as to make such subdivisions virtually impossible.  Final approval should only come from the County Commissioners.  We also find the 25% open space requirement to be additionally punitive.  Who compensates the owner for this loss?  These requirements have the hidden UN agenda of stopping, or making all subdivisions in rural areas of America, economically unfeasible.   
  4. Finally, we ask that you search your souls and look long and hard at your land use code, along with the proposed revisions. Start relieving some of these regulations before you end up doing what so many other jurisdictions have done, pricing their citizens out of single-family housing and stripping rural landowners of their constitutional rights.  Regulation translates directly into increased cost of housing.  Credible studies have shown that regulation can add as much as $200,000 to the price of a home.  Eventually, only very rich people will own single-family detached housing and the less fortunate will be relegated to apartments and condos.  Government will be solely responsible for this gross injustice and denial of the American dream.

All across America we see this pattern of government regulating to death everything that humans do.  We find it incredulous that we would run into this same pattern in a remote section of beautiful Colorado.

Thomas Jefferson said:  “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  Beware that you do not create an environment by over regulating the people in your great county that will end up by people having a reckless disregard for the law, because laws are too restrictive, or worse, the people become lawless altogether.  It is happening in other parts of America for exactly the same reasons.

As an adjunct to this testimony, we have over 30 years of direct land use experience in multiple states as a developer, an investor and a real estate consultant.  In addition, we served for one year on the planning commission of a large city near Seattle, Washington.  We also served over seven years as a director and vice president of a major city Chamber of Commerce, also near Seattle.

We learned recently that we blind-sided the commission with our allegations against the land use administrator and their land use code.  As a result the rancher was able to obtain his permits.  He was very grateful.  This is just one of tens of thousands of stories of the rural landowner being besieged by draconian regulations, city, county, state and federal.

If you are a rural landowner that has been plagued by overly restrict land use and environmental regulations, perhaps we can help you.  Check out our website HERE.  We provide land use Consulting.  We also offer constitutional, powerful, legally intimidating No Trespassing signs and a one-of-a-kind, unique Rural Landowner Handbook.   Over 7,000 of our No Trespassing signs have been installed on rural lands all over America.  There’s a reason.  It is the powerful and effective message that appears on our signs.

If you know of a rural landowner relative, friend, or associate, pass this on to them.  They will be glad you did.

Check out NARLO’s video, “Rural America In The Crosshairs

© 2019 Ron Ewart – All Rights Reserved

E-Mail Ron Ewart: info@narlo.org

About the Author: Ron Ewart

Ron Ewart

Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America”. Ron is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (www.narlo.org), a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, acting as an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners. Affiliated NARLO website is “Old Timers Resisting High Tech” (http://www.otrht.com). Ron can be reached for comment HERE ewart@comcast.net. Email:info@narlo.orgWebsite:http://www.narlo.org

Note: COOL means COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABEL. For over 10 years this law was enforced. Every beef or pork product in the USA had to have, by law, a label stating the origin country. In the last months of the reign of Obama COOL was repealed, opening up markets for African, Brazilian, Mexican and vast imports from distant countries. Some politicians understand. Consumers want to reinstate COOL.

  • In April 2017, President Trump issued his Buy American Hire American Executive Order to help stimulate America’s economy.
  • Citizens, however, cannot choose to buy USA beef because the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against our U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law and gut-less Congress repealed COOL for beef, hammering USA ranchers a harsh financial blow.
  • Recognizing that lower-cost imports reduce the value of domestic meat animals, current U.S. labeling law requires COOL labels on chicken, lamb, goat meat, fish, shellfish, and venison. Beef and pork are now outliers and consumers are not allowed to distinguish beef produced exclusively in the USA versus beef produced in whole or in part in a foreign country, who do not do USDA inspections during the meat preparation process.
  • The U.S. is the world’s largest beef importer. Each year importers ship up to 2 million cattle and 3 billion pounds of beef into the USA from more than 15 countries. These imports are direct substitutes for USA cattle, and beef, and represent about 20% of U.S. beef consumption. As many as 60% of all fast-food hamburgers in the USA are soon to be imported beef. It is a sad shame most hospitals, public schools, rehab facilities and retirement homes buy the cheapest/lowest quality meat that can be acquired from import wholesalers.
  • Not only is beef being sold in the U.S. without an origin label; but also, the “Product of USA” label is being applied fraudulently to imported beef that undergoes only minor processing in the USA.
  • In 2016, the year after COOL for beef was repealed, USA cash receipts from the sale of cattle fell $17 billion when compared to 2014. Importers with less sanitary conditions do not have to comply with the safety/cleanliness standards required for meat processors in the USA.

Reinstating COOL for beef would:

  • Strengthen the domestic cattle industry by allowing consumers to support America’s live cattle supply chain. Consumers would know what country their food was coming from.
  • Prevent consumer deception caused by affixing the USA label on beef derived from foreign cattle.
  • Allow consumers to express their nationalism/patriotism.
  • Allow consumers to selectively avoid beef from countries that may have food safety or disease problems. Namibia, Africa is one of the highest Hoof & Mouth disease riddled countries in Africa, yet they are allowed to import raw beef to the USA without USDA inspection.
  • When COOL is restored for beef, Rural America’s economy will strengthen as citizens begin complying with President Trump’s directive to “Buy American” beef.

Government enforced animal ID (ADT) still holds a glorious carrot in front of every ID electronics manufacturer. Just think, if it were the law that 700,000,000 cattle in the USA had to have an electronic ear tag implanted that costs $2 each, do the math. What do the manufacturers stand to gain if this becomes the law of the land. Consider next year’s 400,000,000 calves that would demand an ID. There are so many semi loads of money that every bureaucrat in Washington could be generously rewarded with his on load.

Realizing there is less disease in the USA than ever before and that every livestock owner already had an ID system in place, we don’t need it.

Please write your hostile “don’t do it” recommendation to the ruling authorities at this link.

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has signed legislation that regulates emissions from dairy cows for the first time as California broadens its efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based greenhouse gases.

Cow Fart Pack

Cow Fart Pack

Brown’s move Monday targets a category of gases known as short-lived climate pollutants, which have an outsize effect on global warming despite their relatively short life and minimal percentage in the atmosphere.

Environmentalists hope that tackling short-lived pollutants such as methane now would buy time to develop new and more affordable technology to reduce carbon emissions.

The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock.

Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they burp, pass gas and or defecate – “God bless you!”

“If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,” said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up serious enforcements to implement the new law.

In the nation’s largest milk-producing state, the new law aims to reduce methane emissions from dairies and livestock operations to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, McCarthy said. State officials are developing the regulations, which take effect in 2024.

“We expect that this package – and everything we’re doing on climate, does show an effective model forward for others,” McCarthy said.

Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs when they’re already struggling with five years of drought, low milk prices and rising labor costs. They’re also concerned about a newly signed law that will boost overtime pay for farm workers.

“It just makes it more challenging. We’re continuing to lose dairies. Dairies are going broke daily. Dairies are moving out of state to places where these costs don’t exist,” said Paul Sousa, director of environmental services for Western United Dairymen.

Republicans say the regulations will hurt agricultural businesses . Leading democrats believe a minuscule improvement in air quality is of more value than the business of producing agriculture products.

Enforcements are always costly. In projecting where this political lunacy is going, led by Californians, it is an unending guess. Will it transfer to ranch free-range livestock, the rodeo industry, horses, government wild horses, or even in full enforcement — people. Those watching the legal actions by California fear where this will lead. Will there be a Methane tax added to agriculture for non compliance? What will the fines be per cow? Will it affect Mexican food restaurants? Californians and “Moonbeam” Brown will be the first to know. All should watch from a safe flatulent distance.

The number of Californian people and businesses fleeing over regulation and high costs reached a record high last year. I doubt the new cow fart law will do anything to reassure people who haven’t yet joined the great Californian exodus. The whole thing stinks, or perhaps doesn’t stink as much as the politicians think.
*Quotes & data from Fox 5 in New York, Reason.com, Eric Worrall, (Associated Press – Galt, CA) and the National Association of Farm Animal Welfare.

Morningland Dairy—The Final Solution

Morningland Dairy—The Final Solution

©Doreen Hannes 2013

The Door to Morningland Dairy Cheese House

The Door to Morningland Dairy Cheese House

On August 26th, 2010 the destruction of Morningland Dairy began. Having lost a two and half year battle with cancer of the State, the interment will take place on January 25th, 2013.

People involved in all aspects of food production, be it growing, processing or distributing, should read through all the documentation [found on this blog – Hen] and understand that Morningland’s saga is the model for all independent food production under the FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act. Critical to this destruction are “science-based standards” as opposed to scientifically accurate controls and concerns. The Global Food Safety Initiative combined with “Good Agricultural Practices” and the “Guide to Good Farming” will ensure that an inability to feed the population will occur.  Morningland Dairy is an early casualty of these “science based standards”.

Visions and Hopes-The Birth

Joseph and Denise Dixon took over Morningland Dairy after Denise completed a two year internship with the founders of Morningland, Jim and Margie Reiner. The Dixons finalized the purchase and began improvements on the Missouri Milk Board inspected and approved raw milk cheese plant in October of 2008. The entire family was tremendously pleased because this would allow Joseph to be home with the family instead of on the road working as an electrician in the eastern half of the United States.  The Dixons wanted to expand the varieties of cheese made by the company and ventured into a broader array of production.

Their desire was to help other families in the historically poverty stricken Missouri Ozarks to make an actual living on the farm and allow families to stay together. They consulted with the Missouri Milk Board and arranged for two families to begin providing goat milk to Morningland and launched a popular goat milk cheese line shortly after taking over the company.

Goat Cheese Ready for Labeling

Goat Cheese Ready for Labeling

Morningland had six employees and other farming families dependent upon the continuance of the cheese plant. On August 26th, 2010, it came to a screeching halt.

While Joseph and Denise were at a cheese making conference in Washington State, the plant manager received a call from the Missouri Milk Board stating that there was an issue of potential contamination found by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in Morningland cheese.

The cooler of $250,000 worth of cheese was immediately put under embargo, more accurately understood as house arrest, by the Missouri Milk Board. Don Falls, an inspector for the Milk Board, told the plant manager, “You should be back up and running by early next week.” Obviously, that wasn’t true. As a matter of fact, the very next morning, presumably after he spoke with the FDA, Falls’ entire attitude changed.

Over the weekend, the FDA leaked a nation wide recall on all of Morningland’s cheese produced in 2010. Not just the two batches that California indicated might be “suspect” for contamination, but their entire year’s production. Most of the cheese implicated as “suspect” by California had already been consumed. No complaints or ill effects were reported by any of the consumers of any of Morningland’s cheese. Nonetheless, the FDA required all of their products to be recalled.

 Cheese in Morningland's Cooler In Happier Days

Cheese in Morningland’s Cooler In Happier Days

Death by Bureaucracy

 Very few people realize the FDA has an armed and very military aspect. They showed up at Morningland in camouflage and made a lovely impression on those able to be at the unveiling of the future of food safety “FDA style”.

The FDA and Milk Board worked hand in hand to ensure that this little cheese plant in the midst of the Missouri Ozarks, that hadn’t made anyone sick in 30 years, would never make another batch of cheese for their loyal customers. Yet the FDA, who admit to killing 100,000 people a year, are allowed to gain ever more control over everything we take into our bodies. So the tally on deaths over the 30 year history of Morningland Dairy versus the FDA is:  Morningland “Zero”, FDA “3 Million”…or somewhere near that.

Despite significant effort, the FDA found no contamination in any cracks or drains in the cheese plant or even on the legs of the milk talk in the dairy barn. This evidence was not allowed to be introduced as part of Morningland’s defense because the Missouri Attorney General’s office contended that the FDA “was a separate issue.”

When pointedly asked what the specific process for getting the cheese plant back into production was, the Milk Board representative said it would involve a panel and consultation with the FDA to determine if that were a possibility. The members of the panel, other than the Milk Board and the FDA, and the specific requirements and processes were never delineated and no effort to achieve anything other than the destruction of the plant was ever evidenced by any official arm of the State of Missouri.

Neither the State of Missouri or the FDA ever conducted any tests on Morningland’s cheese. As a matter of fact, when Morningland tried to contract with a State approved lab to do proper tests on batches of their cheese, they were told that the lab simply did not want to get involved in the controversy. Morningland was denied the ability to legitimately test their product and defend their livelihood.

Adding insult to injury, Milk Board employee Don Falls testified in court and under oath that improperly collected cheese samples, taken with no supervision and no instruction by an employee of Morningland for the plant’s manager, were in fact the State’s own tests.  This remains a very sore point for Joseph Dixon. He says, “When one commits perjury and no one in authority will hold them accountable for it, that individual and the system they support are nothing more than liars and thieves. In this case, the theft is of our ability to provide for our family and is based on bearing false witness to harm people who have harmed no one.”

Real Life Costs

 While bureaucrats masquerading as “protectors of public health” continue to be paid every month for the tortures they put people through, those being raped and pillaged by the very system that is supposed to “protect” them have to somehow come to terms with the fact that their very own tax dollars are being used to continue the offense.

When it became clear to the Dixons that the Missouri Milk Board was unwilling to work with them toward any resolution that would allow the cheese plant to resume operation or allow for the least bit of recompense for the $250,000 of cheese in the cooler, not even deeming the cheese safe for ultra high pasteurization to be put into dog food, Joseph contacted his previous employer and went back to work as an electrician….away from his home and family.

The Dixons, parents to 12 children, steeled themselves to do what they admonished their children to do. To stand for what was right no matter what the odds against them were. After their appeal for trial by jury was denied, they knew that they would need to face a State Agency, represented by the State Attorney, in front of judges appointed by the State. While they hoped that truth would prevail and that reality would actually be addressed, they didn’t go into this battle wearing rose colored glasses.

Initially, after over five weeks of dumping milk, some of their adult children milked the cows and Morningland sold into the commercial pasteurized chain, trying to make the farm pay for itself. When milk prices plummeted and the cost of feed soared, the decision to close the milk barn down was made. But the Dixons still needed to make the payment on the property they couldn’t use to make a living with any longer. They also had to pay to keep the cheese cooler running as the cheese was still under house arrest and effectively a ward of the State.

With Joseph again away from home during the week, and all the expense of keeping things in tact on the farm, things were difficult. Then Denise’s father became bed-ridden and her mother broke her ankle, so Denise and the younger children went to Ohio to care for her parents.

While the State employees continued to collect their wages, Denise Dixon nursed her mother back to wellness and cared for her father until he passed away. During this time, she had to make a couple of trips back to Missouri to face charges of contempt and allegations of attempting to sell illegal product.

None of the human issues in the disruption of lives and the stress of such assaults by the State seem to be taken into account when figuring the costs of these kinds of actions.

Should one believe the deductions set forth by Missouri’s Courts in this case, and take as fact the aspersions and allegations cast against Morningland in the court transcripts, the conclusion could be drawn that the State was the “Knight in Shining Armor” protecting the unwitting public against immoral people trying to poison their customers with products they created to be harmful.

But the truth is, the truth of the matter doesn’t matter. At least not to agents of the State of Missouri, but the People of Missouri generally hold a different opinion.

“Admittedly,” says Denise, “some of the tactics employed and the characterization of us running a “filthy” facility with “diseased animals” stunned us, but our Father is still in charge, and our hope is not in justice being served in man’s system.”

The End is Near

After exhausting all appeals, the cheese, still being kept cool in the refrigerator at Morningland Dairy, is set to be fully destroyed by the agents of the State, the Missouri Milk Board, on January 25th, 2013.

Two and a half years later, one could reasonably argue that the untended cheese has already been destroyed, and to some extent, that would be accurate. Just imagine that you close your refrigerator door and don’t get permission to look into it for 2 ½ years. How would that look to you? While pickles or olives might still be alright, it is highly likely that your dairy products would be a little bit off after such neglect, right?

Denise Dixon said, “After 6 months, the Colby was already gone, and that was about one fourth of the total cheese inventory. After not tending to it, no turning, no repackaging, no monitoring, at least half the cheddar has been ruined. The destruction has already taken place. Our family business, our livelihood, and our ability to provide people with living, positive food has been destroyed.”

Morningland's Cooler Now

Morningland’s Cooler Now

The Missouri Milk Board has ordered two dumpsters to be delivered to Morningland Dairy. So the cheese, which is “not fit for dog food”, will be put into dumpsters and delivered to a landfill to be consumed by wildlife which evidently are immune to the pathogens feared to be present.

Morningland Dairy will never be in business again.

No offer has been made by the Milk Board to prescribe the conditions that would need to be met by the operators to allow them to resume business. The Judge presiding over the case originally did write a regulatory prescription from the bench that was completely implausible for anyone to meet. It included a requirement to insure that no milking animal had bacteria indicative of potential mastitis at all prior to milking the animal.

To put that one judicial regulation into perspective, allow me to draw a parallel for those unfamiliar with milking animals. You milk twice a day, every day. The milk is “commingled” into one tank. So, imagine this….before sending your child to school, you must take a nasal swab and have it cultured to ensure that your child is not harboring a potential bacterial infection before boarding the bus. You would have to pay for this lab technician to be present every morning and for the tests. When your child came home in the afternoon, the same process would be repeated. You would have the immense pleasure of paying for this and keeping the records to validate the bacterial level present at each measuring.

While the scenario imagined above may not be literally impossible, it is certainly improbable, and it would be impossible to have any profit above the cost of production in such a scenario. But that wasn’t all that this judge set forth as regulation for Morningland from behind the bench, with no comprehension of dairy production or cheese-making  The other prescriptions the judge made would have cost more than $100,000 in hard costs, with additional continuing costs for excessive testing during the cheese-making process. He also still required the destruction of all cheese in the cooler, not allowing any batches to be cleared through testing. Additionally, the Missouri Milk Board never indicated that they would accept Morningland returning to production even if they did comply with the Judge Dunlap’s outlandish prescriptions.

The Missouri Milk Board nor the FDA have offered any process by which Morningland might be allowed to resume business and the courts have seemingly upheld Judge Dunlap’s regulating from the bench.

The Battle Is Over

Joseph and Denise Dixon of Morningland Dairy have given everything to this fight. Battling the State wasn’t really about them at all, but about our nation, our freedom, and our ability to choose food for ourselves and for our families that is truly nourishing and real. They held nothing back, but finally, the repeated systemic attacks have run their full course, and the dreams, hopes and labors of love poured into Morningland have succumbed.

As Joseph Dixon has summarized, “The state of Missouri has 6 million people from whom they draw tribute (taxes), from which they could fight us. To fight them, we had 65 cows.  And the truth never seemed even to be a consideration, let alone a goal.”

The Dixons no longer have those cows. They no longer have the cheese. They no longer have the family business and have lost all Joseph’s retirement savings, which the cheese represented. They are left with a skeleton. A milk barn with no cows, and a cheese plant with no milk, nor permission to ever make cheese again.

On January 25th, friends and family will witness the pulling of the plug on the cooler and the removal of the $250,000 worth of food created to nourish but prevented from fulfilling it’s purpose by bureaucracy and science based standards that have no basis in true science.

Rest In Peace, Morningland. Righteous judgment will come.

http://uncheeseparty.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/morningland-dairy-the-final-solution/