Mad Ag has been on a journey to deeply understand animal feed. Questions abound: Where does it come from? Who grows it? Who formulates and mixes it? What's in it? How cheap or expensive is it, and why? What's the environmental cost? Are modern practices sustainable? If not, how can they be fixed? On and on and on.....⠀
'Googling' certainly helps, but if one is to truly understand animal feed, one must go to where animal feed is made. Know the land and people that produce it.⠀
Last week I headed east across the prairie to visit my friends, John and Sara Fehringer. They are incredible people of the prairie that own and operate a feed mill that produces organic, non-GMO feed. They are outliers. Everyone around them for hundreds of miles practices industrial agriculture with GMO crops and heavy synthetic inputs. We are working with together to create an insect-based animal feed that replaces unsustainable feeds composed of fishmeal and soybeans. (There will be more on this innovation in time to come). Radical stuff. ⠀
For now, I simply want to acknowledge the boldness, tenacity, courage of Fehringer Farms. I am proud and excited to be working with them. They are pushing against powerful industrial forces to bring incredible feed to the region. ⠀
This picture is of a grain elevator in Lorenzo, NE, near their feed mill. Prairie communities are organized along train tracks, where grains are storage and loaded for transport to market.