THIS IS NOT AN EASY TRANSITION,
BUT A PIG NAMED PICASSO SAVED FROM A SLAUGHTER HOUSE SOLD FOR
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. HERE’S VA NETTA AND WI LEAN
>>THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>ALL THESE AMAZING ANIMAL
STORIES MIGHT BE HEART WARMING FOR Y’ALL, BUT NOT GREAT FOR
MEAT FARMERS.>>PEOPLE GOING VEGAN LEFT AND
RIGHT BECAUSE THE DAMN INTERNET IS SHOWING VIDEOS LIKE PIG
TEACHES DEAF DOG TO BARK.>>OR CHICKEN REMINDS MAN WHAT
HE LOVES ABOUT HIS WIFE.>>EVERY TIME A COW SALUTES A
VETERAN OUR STOCKS TAKE A HIT.>>DO YOU NOT NEED TO FEEL
GUILTY WITH US, SMOKERY FARMS WILL ONLY SERVE MEAT FROM
ANIMALS WHO ARE INDIVIDUALLY STUPID AND BAD.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. ALL OUR CROWD FAVORITE MEAT
GIFTS ARE NOW MADE FROM THE DUMBEST, WORST, MOST NOTHING
I DON’T THINK I UNDERSTAND.>>OKAY, WE CAN SHOW YOU THEN.
HERE WE GO.>>LOOK AT ALL THAT.
>>LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS STINK BASKET.
I WILL TELL YOU, A LOT OF MEAT. THIS IS STRONG.
OUR VEAL CUTLET IS MADE FROM A LITTLE DUD WHO COULDN’T DO
TRICKS AND REFUSED HIS HALLOWEEN COSTUME, OKAY?
YOU ARE GOING TO FEEL NO GUILT WHEN YOU SOAK HIM IN MILK AND
FEED HIM TO YOUR CHILDREN.>>THAT’S RIGHT N. A RECENT
STUDY OF 100 CHICKENS, ALL BUT ONE COULD IDENTIFY HIMSELF IN
THE MIRROR. WE DONE GOT THAT ONE.
HIS NAME WAS SUN DAN AND NOW HE’S A NUGGET.
BON APPETIT. THAT’S RIGHT.
>>YUM, I’M GETTING HUNGRY. YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE OUR
SIX-OUNCE FILET MIGNON. THAT’S FROM A COW WHO HIT A KID
IN THE WIENER FOR NO REASON. NO REASON AT ALL.
>>TRY OUR LAMB CHOPS FROM LAMBS WHO WOULD NOT STOP BODY SHAMING
THE GOATS. THESE ARE BAD CRIMINALS BUT THEY
TASTE INCREDIBLE.>>OH, YUM.
>>YUM!>>I HAVE GOT TO SAY THAT THIS
ROAST DUCK WAS A SMART DUCK WHO COULD SPELL, BUT THE ONLY WORD
IT SPELLED WAS THE R WORD. WHEN CORRECTED IT DOUBLED DOWN
HARD.>>WHY DON’T YOU TRY OUR
APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON FROM A LITTLE PIG WHOA WENT TO MARKET
AND HELD ITS OWNER AT GUN POINT.>>THAT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE
SOMETHING AN ANIMAL WOULD DO.>>YOU LIKE MEAT, COLIN?
>>COLIN, YOU A BIG MEAT BOY, COLIN?
>>NOT CLOSER, NO. I WOULD NOT SAY I’M A BIG MEAT
BOY, BUT I EAT MEET. I LIKE MEAT.
>>THEN YOUR MOUTH MUST BE WATERING FOR SOME MEAN, BAD, AND
WORTHLESS ANIMALS.>>IT KIND OF IS NOW, YEAH.
>>WE GOT THEM FUR, BABY COLIN, OKAY?
>>THERE IS A BAD BOY WHO
We’re the big dog and we sit wherever
we want because America is the best and everyone recognizes that. And maybe sometimes they’re jealous, but maybe they should be. Guys, I cooked all this food, come eat. Right now. What’s it like to be a male chauvinist in two thousand and
seventeen? That’s like the filet mignon of the deer. Probably a little bit less lonely thanks to these guys. There is a mainstream societal
attack on hetero cis white men. I think the Proud Boys, and I think Donald
Trump for the most part, drives people that have been disenfranchised by most of
the public because they don’t fit in. We are constantly under attack, that doesn’t mean we’re victims, we’ll win. But it may not be what you’re thinking either. This is the right of two thousand and seventeen. Hate for elites and liberals is what
helped Trump claim the presidency, but things heated up even more since
our new president took office. I went to Texas to meet the Proud Boys. Like Trump, Proud Boys are also crass and far from conservative. If you fart, and you don’t say ‘safety’ and we call ‘slut,’ we all get to kick the … out of you. That’s Gavin McInnes. We only have one criteria and that is that you accept that the West
is the Best. You have to be biologically male but you accept the West is the best. He may be a hip New Yorker, but he’s also the founder of this men-centric
group that’s caught on across America. Why are you here before us buddy? To join the Proud Boys. They’re members of a nationwide fraternal group that’s pro masculinity,
celebrates the working class and calls themselves Western chauvinists. For creating the modern world.
For creating the modern world. Righty boy. You hear terms like toxic masculinity,
everyone around the campfire heard of toxic masculinity? They want men to apologize for being men. For being how God created us. Like Trump, the Proud Boys tap into male angst. I think Proud Boys as a consensus, aren’t anti-women in the workplace, we’re just for housewives. My phrase is, why would women want to come off the pedestal that we created for them? I don’t understand. While we were with Andrew, a debate was
raging on the Texas Proud Boys secret Facebook group. So yeah, there’s like a… Like a handful of people who
aren’t particularly happy about… This going on right now. People in the group were angry with him for speaking to us. They don’t trust mainstream media, they
call it mentally ill news. They see a red MAGA hat and they’re like, ‘oh, that person is an,
is a legitimate racist’ and it’s like I don’t think Donald Trump is a racist, I
think, sure, he says some things that may come off uncouth. That’s kind of, I think,
ridiculous to lump everybody into one giant kind of vat of something. And yet, Gavin has just told us… I’m not a fan of Islam. I think it’s fair
to call me Islamophobic. They want to make beautiful women wear these things
that look like garbage bags. I can’t think of a single Christian nation
that throws gay people off of buildings. So, fair enough, the lines between racism and
xenophobia and chauvinism may exist. But they can be hard to understand. A recent poll found that
fifty-five percent of whites believe that whites are discriminated against and
an American national election study taken in two thousand and sixteen found that
an increasing number of men, about two-thirds believe that men now
face some discrimination. Do you really think that people are being anti-male? Yes, absolutely. It’s sort of like when your
four-year-old tries to beat you up and he’s punching your knees and you’re going ‘please stop. Please stop saying “smash the patriarchy.” Please stop saying
“smash capitalism,” it’s not good for you. I want you to be happy, I
want you to be married and have kids. I want you to enjoy yourself, but this feminism, this punching my knees,
it’s not good for you. I can take it, but it’s not good for you. Please stop being
liberal, you’re hurting yourself.’ So that’s all to say that the Proud Boys are
not alt-right, they’re not neo-nazis but some of their opinions no
longer represent the minority.
Quackers, quackers. You’d think I’d check my student loan payment monthly or my balance, but I don’t. It’s set on auto pay. It’s in the 190,000 range. I know that for sure. Oh, 210,000. It’s more than what do you thought. I don’t know why that number should freak me out but it doesn’t. It’s fake money in my mind, fake money. [MUSIC] Here goats, here goats. [MUSIC] After graduating from law school and working in private practice for a few years, Lauren Manning decided to change her life and go into farming. I didn’t grow up on a farm. I don’t have a single farmer in my family. I don’t really know how I got the farming bug. I like being outside in nature, I love working with animals. I’m also a big fan of grass feed beef and learning how to manage pastures, and manage ecosystems. I just love it so much, I can’t really at this point imagine never farming. I farm here by myself right now. This is Dorothy, Dorothy is a bottle lamb. Normally, we don’t name all the sheep but the bottle babies usually end up getting names just because they’re almost part of the family while you’re feeding them six times a day. And that’s Denise over there. At no point in our nation’s history have young people graduated from college with such an intense debt burden. And for young people trying to get into agriculture, this barrier is often insurmountable. I have quite a bit of student loan debt. I went to undergrad at University
of California, Santa Cruz. I went to law school at University
of Pacific McGeorge and as a result of both of those, I have over $200,000 in student loan debt. It’s serious, it stresses me out. It’s a huge financial obligation every month. When you’ve got a $200,000 student loan and then my farm is $275,000. That’s close to half a million dollars in debt. I’ve gotten really thrifty at buying things used on Facebook marketplace or Craigslist or things like that. Farming is a labor of love in your first few years and there’s so many startup costs. I feel like I go to Tractor Supply or Lowe’s or Home Depot once a day to get something that I need. Is that all you need today? That’ll do it. Now,the farm is very much an expense, there’s not a lot of money coming in yet. There’s still income,
I’m still selling goats. I’m still selling meat and things like that. The margins are slim, especially now more than ever. Lauren has an array of off-firm jobs. She teaches at the University of Arkansas, and writes for several publications. The teaching job makes her qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. She’s also signed up for an affordable repayment plan, which reduced her monthly payment from over $1,000 to about $370. But even that is too steep for her. If I had that 370 in my pocket, I wouldn’t go out and spend it on silly things. I would invest it in this farm, I would pay for more fencing. I’d put it in a rotational grazing system like I want to do, it would make a huge difference. Lauren bought her farm in December 2018 with the help of a federal program that subsidized her down payment. This farm is 32 acres, right now, I’ve got 37 goats, and they are meat goats, a few head of cattle. And then a few head of sheep, not a ton, and then, I just got into ducks. It a blank slate, there’s no corral, there’s no handling facilities, there’s no barn. To pay off the student loan debt, Lauren is relying on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. It will erase her debt after she teaches for ten years, and makes 120 payments. So the first thing I do is I’m
an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas. And then I also am a freelance journalist, I write for Ag Funder. I also write for Food Dive, Grocery Dive and Restaurant Dive and then I freelance for Successful Farming. In our survey of 700 farmers around the issue of student loan debt, we found that almost 60%, either couldn’t start farming because their student loan debt. Or are having trouble growing their businesses because of their student loan debt. The US desperately needs new farmers. The average age of farmers
is approaching 60. And farmers over 65 out number farmers under 35 by more than six to one. So, we need more farmers to enter careers in agriculture and student loans are preventing them from finding success. Lauren met veteran farmers, Ann and Ron, on a farm tour four years ago and decided to become their apprentice. Neither Ann, nor Ron thinks their children will take over their farms. Ann and Ron are like a second set of parents to me. I was so hungry to learn how to farm, I was a total sponge, and so anything they would tell me, I would just cling to. Lauren showed up one day and now we can’t get rid of her. She’d ask a few questions and expected a few answers, and she didn’t get any, so she keeps coming back wanting answers. We do have a lot of people that say can we come out to the farm? We always say yes, and very few people show up. So the fact that she came out every day, I think that was a surprising thing, was that she seemed so motivated to see how much she could learn. And she did, she learned it so fast. Lauren often helps Ann and Ron with their deliveries in Fayetteville. Not too bad, I got a ton of beef for you. [LAUGH] See you in a minute, bye. Thank you for bringing this to us. Of course. Perfect, what a deal. That’s flattering for us. We’ll post about it on Facebook and Instagram, Sliders back in action. Please do. That’s right. Thanks guys, see you soon. No thank you, have a great day, Lauren. You too. It’s very important for me to have young farmers coming in because we have worked really hard to develop the Ozark pasture beef business. And I hate to see that business just disappear when Ron and I decide that we no longer want to be part of it. So we have looked for young people to come in who would be interested in being part of this business. It’s difficult to find the student
loan debt to me is really terrible. When I was a freshman, my first year of college, my tuition was $75. [MUSIC] I talk about how stressed I am to my friends and family, and especially my boyfriend. And I always realize when I hear myself talk that, Lauren this is all self-inflicted. You chose to farm, you chose to create this career path that didn’t exist for you. And in some ways, I’m very proud of myself for that, to be brave enough to
see if I can make this work. I would farm even if I didn’t make money from it and I never ever resent the fact that I had to jump through so many hoops to get this farm. Because I look out my window everyday and I think I’m so lucky to have this view. I’m so lucky to have such a big piece of nature when so many people can’t even afford to buy a house in the city. [MUSIC]