2017 Posts

Variable-Rate Fertilization for No-Till Farms

By Jim Steiert on April 26, 2017

Variable-Rate Fertilization Works for Palouse Farmer Eric Odberg

Shepherd's Grain Profile

By Patrick Mazza on January 24, 2017

Building no-till agriculture through premium marketing

2016 Posts

The Cycle Begins Again

By Shepherd's Grain on September 19, 2016

From the Field - June 2016

By Shepherd's Grain on June 28, 2016

Update on Annual Meeting, growing crop update.

2015 Posts

2014 Posts

Karl's Rotation

By Karl Kupers on October 27, 2014

Regenerating the Farm

By Mike Moran on October 15, 2014

The "Young Guns" visit Dr. Dwayne Back in South Dakota.

Nature Loves Diversity

By Mike Moran on June 23, 2014

A philosophy that looks to nurture rather than manage the natural process of soil and plant health.

Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods has partnered with Shepherd's Grain

By Erin Baker on June 19, 2014

*Partnering with Shepherd’s Grain is allowing the Breakfast Cookie and Granola company to bake with a high quality flour while supporting local northwest farmers in their practices of preserving the land. *

From the Field—May Newsletter

By Mike Moran on April 29, 2014

Spring is a great time on the farm, and in the city for that matter. New life returns, the air is softer, and optimism abounds.

Transition Progress

By Karl Kupers on March 28, 2014

2013 Posts

Research Project

By Karl Kupers on November 22, 2013

Is there enough supply to deal with current customers?

Duck Feathers

By Karl Kupers on October 28, 2013

Haggen Bakeries now using local flour

October 24, 2013

Haggen Bakeries will now exclusively use local flour from a cooperative of Northwest wheat growers for its store-made baked goods, the company announced.


By Karl Kupers on August 19, 2013

How much time can you spend on reflecting the past when you are engrossed in the now?

Trust and Transparency

By Karl Kupers on July 24, 2013

There are many parts of a moving machine and that can also be said of a project like Shepherd’s Grain.  

Shepherd’s Grain Southern California Partnership

By Karl Kupers on April 12, 2013

Shepherd’s Grain is set to provide sustalnable, traceable, California-grown wheat to Gold Star Foods.

Testing New Varieties

By Karl Kupers on April 08, 2013

We held our annual bake test last month to test new varieties of grain.

2012 Posts

October Happenings

By Karl Kupers on October 01, 2012

The Shepherd's Grain Story

By Sterling Allen, AgriTimes Northwest on August 10, 2012

*The “story” is Shepherd’s Grain Wheat and about the family farmers who grow it. *

Moving Forward for Healthy Kids

By Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on February 16, 2012

Last week was an exciting week for America’s school lunchrooms. Our new meal standards were announced and they will help improve the health of millions of children. These new standards represent one of five major components of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

February 2012 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on February 06, 2012

Ten years ago when Fred and I would travel to Portland to meet potential customers, Fred would always end the meeting with stating that they would become “food activists” if they purchased Shepherd’s Grain flour.

January 2012 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on January 25, 2012

A brand New Year is once again being written on all documents (and checks) and hopefully only a few times as 2011. Once you put the month ahead of the year you are quickly reminded to write it correctly.

2011 Posts

November 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on November 11, 2011

I am going to tackle an issue that has needed attention for some time. I have not been ducking the need, just haven’t had the right mindset to delve into it.

October 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on October 24, 2011

I know I have discussed the following before but sometimes thoughts bear repeating. I did not spend time going through the archive to see when I discussed the thought of how “team” has had such an influence on Shepherd’s Grain but it certainly seems appropriate to be repetitive.

Transparency, Trust & Truthfulness

By Karl Kupers on October 06, 2011

Transparency, trust, truthfulness are three cornerstones of Shepherd’s Grain. I was introduced to a new term that may encompass them all and it is authenticity. The word came in conjunction with an invite to a conference titled: “Authenticity—Building trust through Sustainable Business.

August 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on August 30, 2011

The difficulty in taking a month off from writing a newsletter is you either (a) forgot how to, or (b) have too many ideas to choose just one. I will let you decide which dilemma I am suffering from.

July 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on July 26, 2011

This is a short statement to notify you of a temporary change in our Food Alliance status.

June 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on July 07, 2011

As we approach the Day of Independence for the United States I am reminded of the independence Shepherd’s Grain has in pricing our farmer’s wheat crop.

May 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on May 27, 2011

For all those residing within the Pacific Northwest, you are familiar with the weather pattern that has kept the area in a near winter wonderland through April with some significant snowfall in the northern Spokane region just last week.

April 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on April 27, 2011

Within the last month our Federal government was describing a potential shutdown and stating that “non-essential” employees would be the first affected. That of course brought forward the thought; if they are non-essential then why are they employed in the first place.

March 2011 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on March 16, 2011

As farmers we fall in love with (or not) and respect Mother Nature especially when you are a dryland producer. One thing that you quickly learn is it can have some powerful forces and we just witnessed one in Japan.


By Karl Kupers on February 24, 2011

Globalization has affected most if not all of our lives. The products we buy are made in far away places, the information we are able to know instantly has no borders, and the food we eat can come from anywhere on the planet.

2010 Posts

The Art of Milling (As Much as I Know)

By Karl Kupers on December 18, 2010

First and foremost let it be known that I am not a miller but I have become fascinated about the process. I wanted to write about the great work Shepherd’s Grain gets done at the ADM mill in Spokane.

A Short Quote from an MIT Blog

By Karl Kupers on November 29, 2010

Let’s support ‘farms that aren’t worlds into themselves, farms that restore instead of deplete, farms that farm extensively, instead of intensively, farmers that are not just producers but are experts in relationship’ –Dan Barber, TEDX Cambridge, May 17, 2010

November 2010 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on November 10, 2010

This posting is about looking inside the development of a company that started 11 years ago with a dream and a commitment to create a brand in the food industry known for changing the way things were done. You know that company as Shepherd’s Grain.

October 2010 Newsletter

By Karl Kupers on October 03, 2010

I was all set to do a long article on the symmetry between the autumnal equinox and the Shepherd’s Grain pricing model. That was before I googled the story and science about the autumnal and vernal equinox’s.

Harvest 2010

By Lee Druffel on September 30, 2010

This year’s harvest was mostly good. The excess June rains ( a record for our farms) helped our normally short of moisture areas yield well above average but the normally good precipitation areas were too wet and had disease problems that limited yields on our farm.