The world, they say, is run by those who show up. Thus, it’s imperative that as the number of agriculturalists in the U.S. shrinks, producers take an active role in advocating for their industry. In the past year, have you made direct contact with your state or federal elected officials via telephone, letter, email or social media on behalf of your beef business or industry? Vote at

Meanwhile, last week’s poll question queried readers on this question: Should the U.S. raise its debt ceiling above the current $14.3 trillion? With 350 votes tallied, 11% said “Yes. The future of the U.S. and world economy is at stake”; 21% said “Yes, but only with significant spending cuts”; and 66% said “No. The country must live within its means." Less than 1% had no opinion.

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