“Death by Powerpoint”

By |December 11th, 2017|

 

By Troy Bishopp

 

Tis the season of hunting, Thanksgiving, yule tides and sigh, word slides—sooo many word slides.

I see your heavy eyelids, blank looks, frequent trips to the bathroom and intensive texting with others. Yes ladies and gentleman, it’s officially conference season with countless presenters cramming as much text and bullet points on the screen as possible while happily reading it back to an unimpressed audience.  Uggh!

Stand-up comedian Don McMillan calls this “death by powerpoint”. It’s what happens when the audience is emotionally disconnected from the content that is being presented and is left with nothing but a nap.  The [...]

“Good Grief”

By |December 4th, 2017|

GOOD GRIEF

By Troy Bishopp, in memory of Scott Bishopp  

When I hear the phrase “Good Grief”, I’m reminded of Charlie Brown’s adage that described his daily personal frustrations. Using good with grief seems disingenuous for those of us who are in mourning.  As I struggle almost daily with the flashpoint of tears, the sentiment of good has little comfort.  But how do we become well again?

I’ve been on this quest for answers since my only brother died suddenly a few months ago. I shouldn’t be so selfish in thinking I’m the only one experiencing such pain. This heartache train [...]

Mimicking Nature for Exceptional Eating

By |November 27th, 2017|

Mimicking Nature for Exceptional Eating

By Troy Bishopp

Canastota, NY — Daniel Kline remembers looking at their new land through a panoramic lens and feeling satisfied, until he knelt down to see wide plant spacing, bare ground and nary an earthworm casting. This revelation set in motion a management style that relies on using grazing animals and their natural habits to build soil health and provide quality products to nourish customers.

It’s been a joyful journey of learning for Daniel and Joanna Kline who migrated east from Holmes County, Ohio in 2005 to start Ingallside Meadows Farm, aptly named after their road, [...]

Loading Out Day Layers

By |November 7th, 2017|

Loading Out Day Layers

Here I am; pasture empty, pants dotted with cow manure and a hoof imprint on my calf, standing in an empty pen wondering about my life’s effort as a grass farmer nourishing the land and people. It’s an emotional time pondering whether there is a genuine appreciation for the hours of work caring for animals that will someday provide organic milk or grassfed beef to families. 

Loading out is an agricultural term used to describe moving whole sets of animals to another location or to a processing facility. For over 30 years working as a custom grazier, [...]

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp

By |August 11th, 2017|

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp
by Troy Bishopp August 5th, 2017 United Methodist Church of Livonia

Charlie Brown said, “Goodbyes always makes my throat hurt”.

The rock band Creed, who was on my brother’s Spotify play list said in their song,  Don’t Stop Dancing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                “At times life’s unfair and you know, it’s plain to see                                                                                                                                   Hey God I know I’m just a dot in this world                                                                                                                                                    Have you forgot about me?                                                                                                                                                                                 Whatever life brings I’ve been through everything                                                                                                                                      And now I’m on my knees again                                                                                                                                                                        But I know I must go on                                                                                                                                                                             Although I hurt I must be strong                                                                                                                                                                 Because [...]

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    National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

By |November 1st, 2017|

National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

By Troy Bishopp 

Albany, NY—Would-be travelers to the Albany Airport had to do a double-take as the heralded Desmond Hotel and Conference Center had beef cows grazing on the lawn and smoky barbeque scents wafting towards the jet’s flight path.  “It’s the first time I heard cowbells in the parking lot”, said NYS Agriculture Commissioner, Richard Ball.  

What passersby didn’t see were over 550 farmers, ranchers, chefs, consumers and their collaborative businesses from all over the world in the state capital to learn about unleashing the power of a grassfed [...]

A Tale–gate as old as Time

By |October 25th, 2017|

A Tale–gate as old as Time 

By Troy Bishopp

It’s been said that a man and his truck is a beautiful thing. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson waxed poetic on this subject by saying, “I love driving the cool cars but there is nothing like driving a pickup truck”.  Forget Uber, repel the notion of driverless motion and certainly resist the temptation of substituting a car pulling a trailer as a replacement truck.

It’s almost a rite of passage (and in numerous country ballads) that country boys drive pickup trucks. The love for one’s pickup truck is as genuine and old as [...]


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