Friend of the Land — April 2024

We are delighted to recognize Norm Groot as our Friend of the Land for April 2024. Norm Groot’s journey in agriculture began at a tender age, pulling weeds in his father’s nursery, instilling in him a profound respect for the land and its cultivation. Armed with a degree in Business Accounting and Finance from the […]

Protect The Harvest Announces 2024 Jim Harmon Memorial Scholarship Winner

Andi Belt, from Leonard, Missouri, epitomizes the spirit of American agriculture and community. Her winning essay for the 2024 Harmon Memorial Tractor Pull Scholarship sponsored by Protect The Harvest beautifully conveyed the sacrifices Americans make to ensure a Free and Fed America. Andi is 17 years old and is the eldest daughter of Travis and […]

Livestock Grazing to Prevent Wildfires

In recent years, wildfires devastated rural land across the United States. From California to the Texas Panhandle, the adverse impact has been significant. Those who have researched remedies have proposed a simple fix to reduce wildfire risk: grazing. More specifically, they have identified targeted livestock grazing to reduce the amount of flammable organic material on […]

Utah House Bill Passes, Ensures Animals and Objects do not have Human Rights

By Jaclyn De Candio for Protect The Harvest Animal welfare recently scored a victory when House Bill 249 passed in Utah, barring animals and other “nonhuman entities,” including inanimate objects, from being granted “personhood” and rights as humans under state law. Despite objections by extremists calling for a veto, Utah’s House and Senate voted overwhelmingly […]

Taxpayer-Funded Nevada “Ranch” Threatens Neighbors & Food Production

It is a long-standing tenet of agricultural communities: Neighbors will either help make or break an adjacent farm or ranch. Most American farmers and ranchers trust their neighbors to be honest, help watch out for their interests, and lend a hand when needed. Sadly, some cannot count on neighbors to be supportive or helpful. Bad […]

Forrest and Charlotte Lucas Inducted into Missouri Agriculture Hall of Fame 

Governor Mike Parson presided over April 9 ceremony honoring inaugural class of seven recipients  Forrest and Charlotte Lucas were inducted into the recently created Missouri Agriculture Hall of Fame at an April 9 ceremony in Jefferson City. Missouri Governor Mike Parson presided over the event, with 425 industry leaders present for the induction. The Lucas’s […]

Friend of the Land — March 2024

We are delighted to congratulate Robert Schickel for being named our Protect The Harvest Friend of the Land for March 2024. Robert Schickel embodies the spirit of agricultural stewardship and community leadership. As the owner and founder of Hay Day Inc., based in Southern Indiana, his journey began humbly as a hay and straw broker and has since flourished […]

Urgency Mounts as Congress Delays New Farm Bill; Ag Community Calls for Action

By Jaclyn De Candio for Protect The Harvest Why the Farm Bill Matters Every five years America’s Farm Bill is up for renewal. It’s complex and covers many items important to farming, ranching, food production, and nutrition across the United States.  Here are the Farm Bill’s five spending categories: While an extension to the 2018-2023 […]

Pro-Animal Future

Created by the U.S.-based animal rights organization Pax Fauna, Pro-Animal Future (PAF) is a “collective of voters, volunteers, and small donors building a political movement to end factory farming.” PAF is a 501(c)(4) political organization. This vegan lifestyle and animal rights extremist organization is focused on ending what it deems “animal cruelty” within large-scale agriculture. […]

California Forever: Tech-Funded Developers Want to Build a New City on California Farmland

In recent years, certain popular TV series have portrayed conflicts between multi-generational agriculture operations and a variety of nefarious “big money” enterprises seeking to acquire and develop farms and ranches into airports, casinos, resorts, and subdivisions. In Solano County, California, a situation is unfolding that puts even the most realistic Hollywood storytelling to shame, one […]