Kevin Fulton, owner of Fulton Farms

Kevin Fulton—the owner and operator or Fulton Farms, a 2800-acre organic farming and grazing operation in central Nebraska—discusses his unusual background and career path, starting with growing up on the farm and helping his veterinarian father on his calls, and later getting a master’s degree in exercise physiology and working as a college strength and conditioning coach. news_cover-4He recounts that after a number of years, and jobs, he returned to the farm, taking over its management and gradually implementing some significant changes, notably including (after concluding the farm was “chemically-dependent”) converting it to an organic, sustainable operation. Fulton addresses other shifts in the Fulton Farms operation and his corresponding philosophies, including about improved, more humane ways to raise animals. Toward that end, he recalls kevin_lamb_cropaligning himself with the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), and a spirited, at times contentious, town hall meeting he co-hosted in Lincoln with HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, gathering several hundred farmers and leaders and other key figures of the state’s agricultural community, including representatives of the highly conservative Farm Bureau. This meeting resulted in Fulton being called “the most controversial farmer in the state.” Already an outspoken foe of factory farming, he solidified his “controversial” status when he testified last year against the Nebraska so-called “Ag-Gag” law. He also proposed establishing an Ag Council in Nebraska, an idea that has spread to seven or eight other states. (www.facebook.com/kevin.fulton.1238?fref=ts)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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