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Oct 14, 2011

Beef Unfairly Singled Out On Non-STEC Issue

It was a fight the beef-processing industry was always going to lose. Ever since USDA declared E. coli O157:H7 an adulterant in non-intact raw beef....More
Oct 01, 2011

Morgan Ranch Develops Its Vision Into A Global Market Niche

It was a glorious afternoon in California’s Napa Valley. We were gathered at the home of one of the valley’s oldest wine families, and their....More
Aug 26, 2011

Tighter Supplies Force Shift In Beef Sales

As I write this, the stock market has suffered its biggest slump in nearly two years and the U.S. economy remains in somewhat fragile shape. Hopes of....More
Jul 15, 2011

Gourmet Burger Boom Offers Big Opportunity

I recently visited my son in Southern California and he took me to Father’s Office, an upscale pub in Santa Monica. The place was jammed with people....More
Jul 01, 2011

Three Key Issues Facing The Beef Industry

As the industry enters the second half of 2011, it’s of value to reflect on the key issues facing the industry. Beef demand remains the top issue....More
Jun 01, 2011

Feeling Of Optimism In Beef Industry Is Valid

Following the markets and the constant flood of news that might affect the beef industry, as I do, can be confusing. So it’s important to step back....More
May 01, 2011

U.S. Beef Industry Growth Will Help Rural & Overall U.S. Economies

Did you know Australia’s largest cattle producer now owns more than 640,000 cattle and has properties spread over 18 million acres? I’ve always been....More
Mar 18, 2011

The Industry Is Alive & Well

Supporters of the proposed GIPSA rule on livestock marketing have repeatedly claimed that the rule is necessary because the livestock marketing....More
Mar 01, 2011

Corn Ethanol And The Food Vs. Fuel Debate

Beef and gasoline have more in common than you might think. Both, of course, compete for corn in their production....More
Feb 02, 2011

Doing More With Less

Much hand-wringing has occurred about the declining U.S. cattle population and its impact on the industry. For cow-calf producers, though, the....More
Jan 06, 2011

Certified Angus Beef has raised the quality bar for U.S. cattle

Allow me to start my first column of the year with a confession. I’m a Hereford lover. My affair began at an early age on the dairy/beef/sheep farm I....More
Dec 07, 2010

Corn Subsidies Hurt Livestock Producers

Corn remains King and livestock are the beggars. That’s the way federal farm policy has been for years and nothing has changed, based on latest moves....More
Oct 28, 2010

Argentina Presents Lesson In Market Interference

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it’s browner. Just ask cattle producers in Argentina and Australia. They’ve....More
Oct 06, 2010

Beef Exports Are Vital

Some people claim exports aren’t vital to the U.S. beef industry. What nonsense....More
Sep 08, 2010

Prices Are Good, So Why Are Some Beef Producers Angry?

Cattle producers should be pretty happy right now. Prices for calves, yearlings and fed cattle were all 13% higher the last week of July than a year....More
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