#ROA Archive

My interview with author and co-owner of South Dakota’s Wild Idea Buffalo Ranch, Dan O’Brien, ran in Civil Eats Friday. The occasion was the publication of his new book, Wild Idea: Buffalo and Family in a Difficult Land. The piece focused on modern agriculture and the sustainability aspects of his business. There’s another side...
(Photo courtesy of SD GFP) My home state of South Dakota is famous for its ringneck pheasant hunting. It’s a statewide tradition every fall that also brings in hordes of out of state hunters. In high school it didn’t matter what your interests were, nearly everyone took to the fields after class. Pheasant hunting...
The Republic of Awesome is the collection of contradictions spawned when frontier independence collides with politics and greed.  The ROA is a place where “conservatives” froth at Obamacare but champion federal farm subsidies. A region where ranchers are celebrated for refusing to pay for grazing their cattle on public land while hungry children and...