Kickass,  News/Press

Kickass and disappearing farms

 

Kickass, the doorstop dog, joins the keeper–who grew up on a small Wisconsin dairy farm, in lamenting the plight of the state’s dairy farmers who are going out of business at the rate of about 70 each month.  “Go big or get out” seems to be the mantra.  Most Wisconsin cows are now milked by undocumented immigrant labor as corporations build multi-thousand-cow operations that bring their own special problems of environmental and community abuse.  Big corps, like Walmart, having destroyed the business vitality of small-town Wisconsin, are now invading the state’s bucolic countryside.  In Wisconsin these days it is better to be a corporation than a farm boy.  Now the farm boy has to be concerned about what to do with his life.  Back in the keeper’s day, a significant farm boy worry was how to make the family sedan fit to date a town girl after it’s back seat area had been used to transport veal calves to market.

 

Schedule for Bill Stokes Library Talks and Readings

Antigo

August 26

6:00

Sun Prairie August 28 6:30
Mount Horeb August 29 6:00
Manitowoc September 4 6:00
Kimberly/Little Chute September 10 6:30
Green Bay September 11 6:15
Wisconsin Rapids September 12 7:00
Watertown September 16 6:00
Brookfield September 19 7:00
Sauk City September 24 2:00
Portage September 26 6:30
Columbus September 30 6:30
Black Earth October 3 6:30
Private Luncheon October 9 11:30
Derleth Society Sauk City October 12 7:00
Waupaca October 17 6:30
Whitewater October 24 3:00
Stevens Point Bookfair November 2 All day

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