The extended definition of “waters of the United States,” in essence, would allow the federal government to extend its control over non-navigable waters. With enactment, cattlemen would thereby likely be required to obtain costly and burdensome permits to take care of everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture or cleaning out a dugout, says NCBA.
Marketing has and will always be about differentiation, but most folks appreciate that, for the good of the industry and its practitioners, it’s important to maintain the public’s trust in the industry, its players and the product.
I’m no farmer, but I’m a big believer in the marketplace, and the recent run-up in the corn market makes it clear that the current heat wave is harming the prospects of corn yields. This week, heat indices hit 120-129 across Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and parts of Illinois and Kansas.
If you’re actively involved with the CBB, the Federation of State Beef Councils, or NCBA, you probably have a decent understanding of what’s actually going on with the feud that surrounds the checkoff. However, if you’re among the other 99% of producers busy making a living and assuming good people will find a good result, you’re probably confused about all the media coverage and political posturing taking place.
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel has released its preliminary report, essentially agreeing with Canada and Mexico that U.S. country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) requirements violate the WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has become notorious for disregarding what cattlemen think, but even USDA is likely to sit up and take notice when a letter arrives bearing the signatures of 147 members of Congress.
The growth of the federal government over the last several years is unprecedented, and the growth in the federal debt frightening. Real unemployment is at levels we haven’t seen since the Great Depression, and the list of negatives goes on
The ongoing soap opera over the beef checkoff has been maddening to me. But I was buoyed by the recent actions of producers from around the country, who really turned up the grassroots pressure to let it be known to the national program staff that they expect more.
The toughest thing about family operations is that the labor force is primarily (ahem) family. I bring up this subject because this was one of those weeks when we had nowhere near enough time to get it all done, and all of it was pretty crucial and time dependent
I don’t consider myself to be old, but I also know I can’t, and most of the time don’t want to, do the things I was able to do 20 years ago. Now hopefully with that age comes wisdom, or so we tell ourselves so we can accept the inevitable tradeoffs that come with the passing of time