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
President Obama talked about the nation carrying on the unity it felt after 9/11, unity that was rekindled after the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. The sentiment is noble but few believe that the unity will last
All the grassroots pressure that has been exerted regarding the rift between NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board at least led to the two sides having some constructive discussion and a structured dialogue. NCBA and CBB officers met this week in Denver and were able to sit across a table from one another and talk.
I’ve received hundreds of emails recently regarding the checkoff situation. It’s an issue that is both important and confusing and I hope the following article can provide some context missing from the previous discussion
In what is probably the worst depiction of animal cruelty I've ever seen, the surreptitiously recorded video released this week chronicling abuse on a Texas dairy calf operation was graphic and abhorrent.