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  • Apr 15, 2014

    Nevada Standoff Grows From Grazing Fees To Much More 38

    The Nevada standoff was initially over unpaid grazing fees by Bundy, but the issue has grown to a significance well beyond that in many Americans’ minds....More
  • Apr 9, 2014

    4 States Look To Raise Checkoff 1

    I believe in the power of the beef checkoff program. I’m a product of the checkoff-funded National Beef Ambassador Program, have utilized funds as a past member of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary to promote beef, and now proudly work for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council....More
  • Apr 1, 2014

    I’m Having An Internal Conversation About Beef’s Future

    Speculation about herd expansion seems to fit squarely into two groups currently. At least it does when I’m chatting with myself....More
  • Mar 30, 2014

    Without Expansion, The U.S. Beef Industry Is Unsustainable 1

    The problem with ignorance is that sooner or later it catches up to you. I’m not talking about innate stupidity or choosing to be intentionally obtuse. I’m talking about earnestly believing the sky is green, when in fact it’s blue, if the color is considered at all — even if the success of your business depends on it....More
  • Mar 20, 2014

    State By State, Momentum To Raise The Checkoff Is Building 14

    While it still appears to be an uphill battle to raise the checkoff at the national level, such momentum is building in individual states. This state trend is a hopeful sign that the industry eventually will see more total dollars for beef promotion, advertising and research....More
  • Mar 6, 2014

    Liability Risk Is Beginning To Flow Down The Beef Production Chain 7

    The whole topic of liability is a frustrating one for cow-calf producers. After all, a cow-calf producer has no way of controlling what happens to the product once it leaves the ranch. However, in today’s litigious world, someone is going to be sued if a problem develops. Retailers, packers, and feeders tend to be much larger enterprises; thus, they’re much more appealing targets from a trial lawyer’s viewpoint. That doesn’t mean, however, that cow-calf producers are immune from such legal action....More
  • Feb 25, 2014

    Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders 5

    In spite of a $9 million carrot, the National Beef plant in Brawley, CA, will close....More

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