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  • How Do You Judge Steak

    Rain Crow Ranch Wins Reserve Champion American Royal Steak Competition

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    Press Release American Royal Steak Competition Winner Announced (Kansas City) Rain Crow Ranch is reserve champion of the American Royal Steak Competition.  The winners for 2013 were named at the American Royal’s Grapes & Steaks Competition held in Kansas City on Wednesday night. “I’m very elated that grassfed beef has come into its own with some recognition of quality.  At

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  • Sustainable Kitchen John Griffiths

    Sustainable Kitchen at Washington University – Chef John Griffiths

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    It has been our great pleasure to have the opportunity to work with folks in the culinary world who just get it.  Executive Chef John Griffiths sources beef from Rain Crow Ranch for Washington University through Bon Appetit Management Company.  He understands what dealing with a small-scale family farm is all about and that we have to utilize the whole

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  • Do you really want to know where your meat comes from?

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    Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) informs customers of the source of certain foods. This issue has been around for a long time now (began with 2002 Farm Bill) and has always been a controversy. USDA issued a new proposed rule for meat labeling last week which has sparked a whole new set of fireworks between pro and con groups. Basically,

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  • A Modern Tribute to Farming

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    The words of Paul Harvey reflecting a tribute to farmers made headlines this week when used in a Super Bowl ad.  I grew up on Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story.  Listening to that smooth, one-of-kind voice I knew he must be the wisest person on earth (or so my parents and grandparents told me). Today I am a proud

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  • So God Made a Farmer

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    On the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, ”I need a caretaker”. So God made a farmer. As our family gathered Sunday for the Super Bowl we were intent on the food, the game and of course the ads.  The ads carry our own brand of voting and many were either stupid, unclear in message

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  • Burger Cook-Off St. Louis

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    The big burger cook-off in St. Louis hit the spot with local foodies who showed up by hundreds in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market in Brentwood.  Sponsored by Rain Crow Ranch – American Grassfed Beef, Schlafly Beer and Feast Magazine the event could not have been better.  Great evening weather, entertainment by Swing Deville, the best burgers in

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  • Grazing Cattle

    Grass Fed vs Grain Fed Beef Interview

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    Rain Crow Ranch – American Grassfed Beef has recently partnered with Athletic Greens to take the grassfed message forward.  Chris “the Kiwi” Ashenden (Kiwi because he is from New Zealand) is the spokesperson for Athletic Greens.  Chris Ashenden is about happiness, personal growth, living outside the box, and enjoying a spectacular life.  Following is the recent conversation between Chris and

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  • Bill Telepan’s Heritage Pork & Grass Fed Beef Dinners

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    Bill Telepan is a wonderful chef in Manhattan at Telepan.  He sources his grassfed beef from our farm.  Our relationship began at a conference where he mentioned to Mark that, “I am sorry but I just don’t care for grassfed beef.” Mark quipped, “You haven’t tried my grassfed beef.” And proceeded to send Chef some as a challenge.   Chef has used our

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  • Rain Crow Ranch – Featured Farmer

    Mad Tomato, located in Clayton, MO has listed Rain Crow Ranch as their Featured Farmer. We are honored to hold this position and are honored to serve beef to this outstanding, local, sustainable restaurant. Click here to learn more about them.

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  • Missouri Rancher Cooks Up Support For Joplin

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    Hickory Specialty Meats in Cape Girardeau was our son’s first business which he lost in a devastating fire this year. Insurance didn’t cover his loss to rebuild his smoke house so Jack has been helping our family business while he regroups. When Jack heard of the Joplin devastation, he wanted to do something to help but didn’t have a lot

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  • John Stossel’s Take is Just Wrong

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    John Stossel aired a program last week on Fox Business that amazed me.  The aim as he admitted on the show was to offer the idea that natural, organic, chemical laden and grassfed food is not any better or even worse than industrial factory produced foods.  He further indicated that he is in favor of corporate capitalism and the cheap

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  • A New Generation of Grass Farmers

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    Since the time our kids were born I had dreams of them loving farm life, the animals, the outdoors, and developing a deep passion for the wonder of the land and passion for its stewardship. Simple living that feels so right to the soul and keeps you in tune with the natural order of the world. Yet, for decades I

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  • Family Farmed Expo 2010

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    The Family Farmed Expo was held recently in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. It is been coined as The Midwest’s Premier Local Food Event and may eventually become the nation’s local food event at the rate it is growing. The Expo is spread out over three days of carefully crafted events that are designed to connect

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  • The Farmer Can Fly

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    My husband, Mark, has always been a white-knuckled flier. It would totally unnerve him to board a plane. On an overseas flight several years ago he had to take a tranquilizer before getting on board. He absolutely hates to fly (commercially). So,imagine my surprise when about 10 years ago he goes out and buys a plane, make sense? It didn’t

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  • Farmer Markets and Buying Direct from Local Farms

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    Chances are that at some point in your life you have had an opportunity to visit a farmer’s market or roadside stand. In the last eight years, the number of farmers markets has increased almost 80% percent,and there are now over 3,000 marketsnationwide.  Approximately 20,000 farmers sell their products only at farmer markets. Farmers markets are making a comeback from

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