IS IT BIG SKY OR BIG LIE?
March 16, 2003
Whether we're from Texas, Montana or Kansas, we think our skies are beautiful, sunsets awesome and sunrises simply breathtaking. That's God's way of making up for politicians and farmer-rancher organizations. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union have enunciated how strenuously they've lobbied to get a paltry $18 per cow drought relief. One time! What they forgot to tell ranchers was that a program for wild horses held in captivity pays $666 per horse per year, every year.
Politicians tell senior citizens there's just no way for affordable health care or prescription drug assistance; yet they fund lifetime care of thousands and thousands of captive wild horses without even uttering a whinny.
Kansas now has more wild horses than Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho and Colorado combined. Kansas' junior senator has coined a new saying to replace "bringing home the pork": "Don't look a gift horse in the ash, just grab the cash." Contracts are for five years and 2,000 head of horses, or $6,660,000. Would that be worth a re-election contribution? Follow the money trail!
R-CalfU.S.A., a national nonprofit cattle association with no staff in D.C., has done more for rural America than all the other scalawags put together.
Can anyone contemplate the environmental impact of thousands of horses on the tall-grass prairie?
© 2003 Derry Brownfield, All Rights Reserved
Derry Brownfield was born in 1932 and grew up during the depression. He is a farmer and a broadcaster. Derry attended the College of Agriculture at the University of Missouri where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He taught Vocational Agriculture several years before going to work as a Marketing Specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Derry served as Director of the Kansas City Livestock Market Foundation at the Kansas City Stockyard prior to establishing himself in farm broadcasting.
Derry started farming when he was 16 years old and received the Future Farmers of America State Farmer degree in 1949. Since that time the Brownfield Farm has grown to over 1000 acres maintaining a herd of 200 registered Charolias cows.
In 1972, Derry and his partner established the Brownfield Network which now serves 250 radio stations throughout the Midwest with news and market information.In 1994, Derry started his own syndicated radio talk show and he is one of the most popular radio talk show hosts in America. The Derry Brownfield Show can be heard on approximately 80 radio stations in 23 states. With his entertaining sense of humor and witty commentary he has captured audiences for over 30 years. His ability to present an informative talk show while being light and colorful is why he has a large loyal listening audience.
Derry Brownfield is a practical farmer, a practical business man and a very entertaining speaker. He travels extensively throughout the country speaking about his common-sense point of view. Web Site: www.derrybrownfield.com