Burt Rutherford

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
Vilsack abandons plans for second beef checkoff 3
After losing support from one of the only ag organizations in favor of a second, duplicative beef checkoff program and then losing funding for the idea, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will walk away from his proposal to create a second, government-run beef checkoff program.
6 trending headlines: Cowboy nuns; COOL labels don’t impress consumers; and what will the market do?
As the world turns its thoughts to the holiday season, the news affecting the beef business continues to keep the conversation hopping for cattle producers. Here’s a roundup of a few headlines that made the news.
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Consumers rank taste, value as most important in beef purchases 1
What are the most important factors that drive the dinner decision? How is beef doing? Here’s a report card for the beef industry.
6 Trending Headlines: Checkoff chatter; 2015 beef demand; and GMO cattle to the rescue
State beef checkoffs are hitting road gear while the idea of a separate, government-run national beef checkoff is hitting a wall.
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Year-end tax planning complicated by inaction in congress
Will Congress increase Section 179 deductions? That’s the question confounding cattle producers.
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When it comes to vaccination, timing is all-critical
Equip your cowherd for an ongoing defense against reproductive losses by using critical timing of health practices such as vaccinations.
5 Trending Headlines: U.S. Files COOL Appeal, Ranchers Upset at Fish & Wildlife Service, PLUS: The Regulatory Flood Begins
With the Midterm elections behind us, the uneasy boil in Washington is beginning to really bubble. Actions from our nation’s capital dominate the headlines that affect cattle producers.
What Do Millennial Consumers Want Regarding Food? 1
Marketing experts tell cattle producers to get ready, because millennial consumers are coming on as a major influence in the U.S. economy, and they expect answers to their questions about how their food is grown and processed.
6 Trending Headlines: Interest Rates May Rise, Change At The Top in Congress & Carbon Credits Are Back
With the midterm elections behind us and a new dynamic taking place in Washington, D.C., there will be a change at the helm of the House Ag Committee.
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5 Trending Headlines: HSUS Sues Beef Checkoff, PLUS: Animal Disease Traceability Kicks In
Challenges to the beef checkoff continue, as HSUS attorneys filed a suit against USDA. Meanwhile, cattlemen continue to speak out against Ag Secretary Vilsack’s proposed new and separate beef checkoff program.
Merck Unveils New Cattle Handling Website
Stockmanship has always been important to cattle producers; in today’s changing world, how you handle your cattle has become just as important to the consumers who enjoy beef. Merck Animal Health’s new cattle handling website aims to inspire cattle producers to attain the best stockmanship skills possible.
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6 Trending Headlines: Antibiotics, Lawsuits and Feeding Your Soil
This week’s wintry blast may put a chill on the countryside, but the news that affects you continues to heat up. Here’s a roundup of some of the top headlines of interest to cattle producers.
USDA To Publish Proposed New Beef Promotion Order
In spite of overwhelming opposition from mainline cattle industry groups, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is moving forward with a government-dominated beef checkoff program.
5 Trending Headlines: Who’s Cool With COOL; PLUS: Ag Census Maps Make Finding Data Easy
The U.S. courts have said they’re cool with COOL. The World Trade Organization, however, is not. And that has set up the next round of debate over the U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule.
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USDA Eases Into Enforcement Of Animal Disease Traceability Rule
While education is still the emphasis, USDA is beginning to enforce enforcing its Animal Disease Traceability rule.

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