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Apr 19, 2012

Industry Was Too Late On LFTB Issue

April 12, 2011, was the day that celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched the “pink slime” term into the blogosphere with a crude, but compelling,....More
Mar 28, 2012

We Must Continue To Build Beef’s Value Equation

It’s startling that the declining U.S. cattle herd and consequent record-high cattle prices are causing more concern than celebration....More
Feb 28, 2012

Survey Shows Most Consumers Don’t Care About COOL

Mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) of meat and other foods is one of those issues that goes on and on and on. I wrote my first story about....More
Jan 27, 2012

My Hope For More Beef Industry Records

We’re one month into 2012 but it’s not too late for me to share my wish list for the U.S. beef industry for this year. Topping my list....More
Dec 30, 2011

Adding More Value Is Packers' Only Recourse

Grand plans and meatpacking are like oil and water. They don’t mix successfully. Remember Future Beef Operations (FBO) completed in 2001, its plant....More
Nov 25, 2011

USDA Comes To Its Senses On The GIPSA Rule

The beef industry has battled an onslaught of negative news over the past year, including the lingering effects of the recession, the proposed GIPSA....More
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
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