Who would like RFDtv off the air? Or U.S. Farm Report? Who would like Farm Bureaus shut down, along with National Cattlemen’s Association, Pork Producers, Egg Council, Northern Ag Network, Range Magazine, Delmarva Farmer, Farm Journal, Beef Checkoff, Brownfield Ag Network? Who would like to make it illegal for movie stars, sports stars, heroes, singers and baby calves to be pictured with a milk moustache?

Answer: Any person or group that does not want people to know “Where their food comes from.”

The first one that comes to mind is Humane Society of the United States. (not associated with the local Humane Society in your hometown). They make a living attempting to make farmers and ranchers look bad. I don’t question their motive, it’s a job, it’s how they pay the bills. They come to work each day and send out letters asking for the “cash” to “fight the evil farmers and ranchers.” As long as they can keep their donors misinformed, blindfolded and mislead about the whole truth, the “cash” keeps comin’ in.

Another factor that is critical, is to portray agriculture — be it modern or homegrown — as inhumane and environmentally harmful, and run by insensitive, country hicks who have no real moral attachment to the animals and the land … that it’s all about money. That is easy for them to understand since so much of their own time and effort and commitment is dedicated to the pursuit of “Cash.” There seems to be endless quasi-associations seeking funds to “protect and enhance the wildlife and the habitat, the heritage and the natural resources.” They pop up every time someone can find a cause that will stimulate the “cash.”

But just having a good cause is not enough. They must create a straw man to portray the enemy. That eliminates any deep inspection of the validity of their cause, and ranchers and farmers, hunters, miners, lumberjacks and oil field roughnecks fill their bill.

Another influential group of people who don’t want people to know “where their food comes from” are politicians with a prejudice against those who work the land. Their reasons are usually personal; some childhood animosity that is now being repaid, because they have the power. Maybe a guilt complex because they were born with a golden spoon; maybe the only farmer he knows ran against him for office. Who knows?

RFDtv is being dropped from some media networks that are intent on merging. The reason given is that a network about and for agriculture is not relevant to the modern urban viewer. HSUS, among others, will be thrilled. Agriculture on television is one of the few places where the consumer can get to know “where their food comes from.” The presence of agriculture is growing. It’s not uncommon to see or hear news stories about farmers and ranchers. Most are good. Most reporters are reasonable people; they eat bacon and hamburger. They have a general concept that global population growth will demand more food, and that the USDA represents and is involved with keeping our food safe.

They are like many Americans; they trust farmers and ranchers and expect us to stay on top of things. We are able to do that because we have access to such a broad source of information, (re: first paragraph). We continue to educate and include the curious urban consumers in our thinking. We invite them to see for themselves, to know the truth about our business and to show them “where your food really comes from.” And that, my friends, is the last thing Humane Society of the U.S., the extremist ANTIs, and vengeful offended politicians want them to know.

Baxter Black is a veterinarian and cowboy poet. His column appears weekly and airs each Monday at 6:20 a.m. on KGNC Talk Radio 710. He can be reached at or 800-654-2550.


Gem County Fair Board, at Emmett,

Ridge to Rivers Trails

Attention All Equestrians
If you use any of the Ridge to Rivers trails, you are invited and strongly encouraged to attend a new meeting FOCUSED on EQUESTRIANS. Here is your chance to really speak up. Due to the strong response at the previous two meetings, there is now a meeting for just equestrians. Please attend one more meeting to present your concerns and solutions.
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Where: Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center on North 8th Street 
3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID 83702
Time: 6:00pm
Please share and spread the word. The time to speak up is now.

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

National Forest Trail Bill Introduced

On February 10, 2015, Congresswomen Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN) re-introduced the National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act of 2015 (H.R.845). The bill would direct the Forest Service to take several actions to help address the current trail maintenance backlog that is adversely impacting all trail users on many national forests, including equestrians. The bill was first introduced during the last Congress. The American Horse Council, Backcountry Horsemen of America, and the Wilderness Society were significantly involved in the creation of this bill.

A June 2013, study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Forest Service has deferred trail maintenance needs that exceed half-billion dollars, and only one-quarter of the agency’s 158,000 miles of trails meets agency standards for maintenance. This maintenance backlog is causing access and safety issues for equestrians and all trail users on national forests.

The National Forest Service Trail Stewardship Act would direct the Forest Service to develop a strategy to more effectively utilize volunteers and partners to assist in maintaining national forest trails. It will also provide outfitters and guides the ability to perform trail maintenance activities in lieu of permit fees. Additionally, the bill would address a liability issue that has discouraged some national forests from utilizing volunteers and partner organizations to help perform trail maintenance and would direct the Forest Service to identify and prioritize specific areas with the greatest need for trail maintenance in the national forest system.

In the current fiscal environment it is unlikely Congress will appropriate additional funds to directly address the trail maintenance backlog. This bill will help improve trail maintenance without the need for additional funding.

The bill is supported by the AHC and many other recreation organizations.

A brand inspection is required when:

A brand inspection is required when:

  • Ownership changes in any manner
  • Leaving the State of Idaho
  • Going to slaughter

Generally, it is the responsibility of the “Seller” or “current owner” to obtain the brand inspection and pay the appropriate inspection fees.

Always ask for a brand inspection when buying livestock! If the seller issues you a “bill of sale” instead, make sure the bill of sale is valid, and you call for a brand inspection within 10 days from the date of sale. In this case, the buyer will also be responsible for getting a brand inspection within 10 days and paying the brand inspection fees.

If you accept a bill of sale in lieu of a brand inspection certificate, and the animal is carrying a brand not recorded to the person who issued the bill of sale, then you could very well have to clear that brand before a brand inspection could be done.

Not obtaining a brand inspection when required by the Idaho brand laws is considered an infraction for the first offense and a misdemeanor for the second offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $300 and or six months in jail.

Boise BLM Wild Horse Corrals Open to Public this Thursday and Friday

CONTACT: Heather Tiel-Nelson, 208-736-2352


Boise BLM Wild Horse Corrals Open to Public this Thursday and Friday  

A Good Opportunity to view the wild horses that will be available for adoption November 6 & 7


BOISE, ID – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse Corrals located south of Boise will be open on Thursday and Friday from 1- 3 p.m. so members of the public can view the wild horses that were gathered from the Owyhees following the Soda Fire.

“There has been a great deal of interest in these wild horses, and we are pleased to offer this opportunity for the public to view the horses, and hopefully prepare to adopt one next weekend,” said Clay Stott, Boise District Wild Horse and Burro Specialist (acting).

There will be approximately 30 young horses available for adoption. Many of the horses at the corrals will be cared for until they can be released back to the Hardtrigger or Sands Basin Herd Management Areas once the range recovers and rehabilitation objectives have been met.


Directions to Boise BLM Wild Horse Corrals: From I-84, exit on Orchard Street (Exit 52) and go south for approximately 1.7 miles, which turns into West Gowen Road. Continue for 0.5 mile. Turn right (south) on Pleasant Valley Road and go approximately 4 miles. Turn right at the “Wild Horse Corrals.”



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.