Jeff Pope

Executive Director

Ways to Connect


Small-scale livestock production is a good fit for many farms in the Four Corners Region, because small farms often have land that is best suited for grazing, rather than raising high value crops.  When the demand for meat from  heritage breed animals is added to the equation, it makes sense for small farmers to add livestock to their operations.  However, in order to benefit from higher prices that direct sales of meat to consumers and restaurants brings, producers must have their animals slaughtered at facilities that provide state or federal inspection. 

Responding to Listeners

Jun 6, 2017
Lynn Betts / NRCS

Jeff and Bob respond to a listener, who has concerns about GMO food production.

African Farmers Lose Their Asses to China

May 31, 2017
Bob Bragg

Donkeys are used extensively in developing countries to provide power for farming operations and transportation.  Although they have a reputation for being obstinate, they are hard working, intelligent animals that help to relive humans of some of the back-breaking labor involved in subsistence farming.  Unfortunately, Farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are losing their donkeys to a more profitable global trade in donkey hides for making a gelatin that people in China believe has anti-aging properties and enhances libido.  

Lynn Betts / NRCS

We usually associate organic production with environmental stewardship and sustainability, but good farming practices trump organic certification when it comes to controlling weeds.  Whether farming conventionally or organically, the time to put the whoa on weeds is when you first see them.  Azure Farms, Moro, Oregon, must have missed this concept in their farm plan.

Spring Weather Slowing Cornbelt Planting

May 18, 2017
Lynn Betts / NRCS

As the storms we've seen this spring have passed through the Four Corners Region, they've moved into the Midwest and created slowdowns for farmers planting fields corn and soybeans.  Reports of flooded fields and planting slowdowns have been over reported but haven't affected futures prices as much as commodity traders initially thought it would.