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May 02, 2015

The BQA beat drums on1

The first BQA-type of program for cattle producers surfaced in the late 1980s. Since then, the idea, concepts and philosophy of beef quality....More
Apr 28, 2015

Saying goodbye, thank you and good fortune22

Editor Joe Roybal had the opportunity to serve 30 years with BEEF magazine. Today, he says goodbye....More
Apr 22, 2015

Another Earth Day, and America yawns1

Americans are much more aware of their role in a clean environment today, and most act to do their part. However, I think most of us would appreciate....More
Apr 15, 2015

Energy outlook shows promise for good grilling demand

Last November, when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) opted to keep the supply of crude oil flowing, it set off a....More
Apr 08, 2015

Hay & forage growers anxiously await Mother Nature’s spring play

The 2015 haying season is upon us, and growers anxiously await Mother Nature’s spring verdict....More
Apr 01, 2015

Are you ready for the next drought?1

For much of the Great Plains, as well as other parts of cattle country, the drought isn’t over. Are you ready the Big Dry, second stanza?....More
dietary guidelines are political
Mar 30, 2015

Ideology is at the center of the fight over federal nutrition guidelines

If the dietary guideline recommendations are adopted by the secretaries, as they have been in the past, the effects will be far-reaching. There’s....More
Mar 24, 2015

Sage grouse stew—The pot boils again over iconic bird3

Since its listing in 2010, the greater sage grouse has been a wildlife species of intense interest in the 11 states in the West where it lives. Two....More
Mar 18, 2015

Is EPA looking to steal the sizzle from backyard barbecues?

EPA-funded California research will look at limiting emissions that result from backyard grilling of meat....More
U.S. beef
Mar 11, 2015

Japanese taste for beef is changing; good news for U.S. producers?1

Japan’s taste for beef is changing. How will that affect U.S. beef exports long-term?....More
big round bales
Mar 04, 2015

BEEF reader survey shows interesting regional hay practices

Exclusive BEEF reader survey shows regional practices in hay making and hay feeding....More
Feb 24, 2015

Megatrends in agriculture—how will they affect your ranch?

The times, they are a’changing. But then again, they always have been, especially in agriculture. What are the megatrends in agriculture and how will....More
Feb 18, 2015

2 important trade issues on the front burner for U.S. beef

Trade promotion authority and a resolution to the West Coast shipping impasse need to be resolved in order to bolster U.S. beef’s trade picture....More
Humane care
Feb 11, 2015

Have we lost the battle on animal welfare?

The discussion between beef producers and beef consumers about animal welfare continues to escalate....More
High quality ribeye
Feb 02, 2015

Increase in U.S. packing capacity is good news for the beef business

The news of late has been positive for beef producers. From start-ups in the Midwest to competing plans for more capacity in the Northwest, packing....More
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Burt Rutherford

Burt has more than 35 years of experience communicating about beef industry issues. A Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural journalism, he now works...

Wes Ishmael

Among the industry’s most insightful thinkers, Wes Ishmael concentrates on industry price and market perspectives for BEEF magazine. Along with his monthly “Cattle Economics” column...
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