Brokaw visits Montrose on Highway 50 tour

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

On the Downs ranch in Montrose you can find cattle, goats and turkeys, but on Thursday camera crews drew the most attention.

"You know I go a whole day without talking to anybody but my cows so it's a little odd to have a bit of a circus up here," says ranch owner Jeff Downs.

Thursday Downs played host to renowned journalist Tom Brokaw. Traveling across America on Highway 50 Brokaw stopped in Montrose to talk to Downs about his sustainable farm. "These are people who love the land love game, love the animals and want to do whatever they can to keep that lifestyle alive and secure for their children and grand children," says Brokaw.

For the last four years Downs has been running his farm the natural way. He says, "We're raising grass fed beef and lamb were also raising chickens and heritage bred turkeys and pigs out on pasture as well."

As Brokaw travels across America, it's the people like Jeff Downs that he wants to hear from, people who are the backbone of the United States, who feel the pulse of a nation in a recession.

Brokaw says, "Almost everyone that we've talked to is now re–examining their lives making some hard decisions but they're not whining, and they are not complaining that it's unfair."

While Downs says he's flattered Brokaw stopped at his ranch, he says he's just trying to make a difference in his own community. "Big agriculture is polluting the environment. They're giving the farmers a very low wage that can't sustain them or they're families," says Downs.

Downs hopes this idea, grows not only here at home but all across America. "I would like to see corporations and companies that are using terms like organic and all natural be held accountable," says Downs.

Downs says he's not sure why Brokaw chose his ranch to stop at, but for most others, the reasons are obvious.

The documentary "American Character Along Highway 50" will premiere on the USA network as a one hour primetime documentary specially timed to the first anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration.

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