Jeff Fowle is a fourth generation family farmer and rancher from Etna, California.  He and his wife Erin and son Kyle raise registered Angus cattle, Percheron draft horses, warmbloods, alfalfa and alfalfa-grass hay.  They also start and train horses for riding, jumping, and driving.  Their family run ranch has incorporated many environmentally beneficial and water efficient technologies and management strategies.
Jeff attended college at Colorado State University for two years and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for four and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science.  Following college, he worked in Washington State for a year as a herdsman for BB Cattle Company and then returned to Etna, California in 1995 to own and operate KK Bar Ranch and Siskiyou Percherons.  The latter was started by his grandfather, Clarence Dudley, who devoted much of his time to the Percheron Horse Association of America, specifically to developing their youth education program.

  1. Gay Gardella
    February 10, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Great work, Jeff! Don’t weaken…:-)

  2. patricia
    February 22, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Dear Jeff,

    Just discovered your blog via a fb connection and am very thankful and grateful for your writings. As a life long urbanite and city gal, Chicago, now New York – living near the beautiful Hudson Valley -finding this blog is a gift!

    I’ve read just a few of your postings and have had my eyes, ears and heart open to several issues that have been nagging at me, the HSUS and Beef Industry practices, to name two. As I read on I’m sure more awareness will come to light. Thank You.

    Greatly appreciated “Stuck In The Mud – State Of Mind”…

    “It’s time to “lock in four-wheel drive” and recognize that the public simply wants transparency and have genuine questions in their quest for understanding. Always remain positive in all conversations, expect the best, be genuine, sincere, civil and professional.

    I think we all recognize that “getting stuck in the mud” does not benefit anyone. When we are true to ourselves, we can consciously shift into four-wheel drive and achieve more, through more positive and productive means.”

    Wise words. I’d like to elect you national spokesman for positivity, common sense and reason! We are surely in need of more voices like yours. : )

    I’m gonna take a leap and pose a few questions that maybe you can cover or point me in the best direction.

    What are your thoughts on genetically engineered seeds and goods? There is much controversy on Monsanto and such companies. Personally I am all about sticking as close to nature as possible, and am innately drawn away from such things. Where is the truth in what is being said from all sides?

    I appreciated your blog on trapping and coyotes. Living in urban environments we don’t have the wild life issues you do. So, what about wolves and horses? What is really going on here? There are so many advocacy groups that I just don’t know what to believe anymore. Not sure if I am being clear, though it is a start.

    All in all, thank you for taking the time to share your voice and bring forth miles stones of wisdom.

    Best Regards,


  3. May 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    let me know if i can help you in any way brother…t.ray

  4. June 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Really appreciate and enjoy your perspectives.

    Doug Page (former Iowa Angus cow/calf + feeder calves kid)

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 8, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      Thank you Doug. I just wish I could make a little more time to do more with the blog during the summer…lol.

  5. June 19, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    I am an Idaho farmwife, Agra-Diva and passionate about “agvocacy”. The reason I’m writing to you is to let you know that I have listed your blog on a newly created site called Farmer Inc, The Real Story at http://www.farmerinc.net. This is an informational site and designed for our non-agriculture friends as a one stop shop to enable them to see and read what real farmers do. As a fellow Ag blogger, I have two requests; 1) please help me promote this newest blog site in any manner you can and 2) I am putting together a “Farm Blog Book” that will feature all of our best blogs. So if you are interested, please send me your best blog in a word format attachment, a jpg picture or two and a synopsis about you & your farm. Please see my farm blog that better explains my newest project at http://www.idahofarmwife.net.
    Thank you and I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Gayle Anderson

  6. Mikayla lynch
    October 3, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Dear Jeff,

    Since your blog often discusses the importance of livestock care, I thought the readers of Common Sense Agriculture might be interested in some new online videos that provide a different look at a related topic that is sometimes controversial and often misunderstood: the treatment of farm animals that are raised for food.

    The videos explore the topic from a unique perspective – that of the veterinarians who take care of the animals. They are part of a series of brief webisodes sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health that feature five livestock veterinarians who volunteered to be filmed to show consumers what livestock care looks like in the U.S. You can check out the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/veterinariansoncall

    Please feel free to post any of the videos and if you need more information from us, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you!


    Mikayla Lynch

    • commonsenseagriculture
      October 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      Thank you for sharing Mikayla!

  7. Carol Bobbink
    March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    My daughter has been accepted to both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Colorado State University for Animal Science. Since you went to both for Animal Science what would be your recommendation. She wants to go on the Vet School to be a large animal Vet.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      March 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      If she wants to specialize in equine practice, CSU is the best choice for pre-vet and vet school. If she is thinking bovine, porcine or ovine, Cal Poly is probably better for pre-vet, then transfer to UC Davis, Cornell or Texas A&M.

  8. March 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Hi Ray,

    I noticed you were following me on Twitter so I popped over. (How’d you fine ME?!) What a wonderful blog- I’m sure both my husband and I will enjoy following it as he adores everything cattle, grew up the son of a large animal vet and is CalPoly alumn as well! I look forward to reading more about you, your family and your ranch.

    Cathe Holden

    • commonsenseagriculture
      March 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Actually, this is Jeff, but thank you! It is always great to meet fellow Cal Poly Alumni. If you were thinking I was Ray Prock, his blog is at http://raylindairy.wordpress.com/. Another great agvocate and friend of mine…most of the time 😉

  9. April 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    That is awesome. Jeff it also sounds like a lot of work. Great job. Thanks for your blogs.

  10. Kelsey Reed
    July 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    My name is Kelsey Reed and I am student in the department of agricultural communications at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In collaboration with Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, we are currently researching social media presence within the agriculture community. After noticing your active presence in social media, we are very interested in speaking with you about the importance of the emerging technology that is social media within the agricultural industry. We would like to conduct a short, ten minute interview via Skype at your earliest convenience. The interview would only be used to support our research. Please let me know if you are interesting in assisting in our research project. Any efforts to help would be greatly appreciated by the faculty and students involved, both from Texas Tech and Farm Bureau.

    Looking forward to hearing from you or your coworkers.

    Please contact me at kelsey.reed@ttu.edu

    • commonsenseagriculture
      July 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      I would love to chat with you. My email is jefffowle96027@gmail.com.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      November 1, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Would love to chat. I may have some time from 9am – 12pm PST on Nov 2. After that, my schedule is filled until the 20th.

  11. November 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Some great scenery and good reads! A neat place to visit and read of ag.

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