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  • We all know there will never be unanimity of opinion among cattlemen.
    Jun 19, 2014
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    Beef Industry Looks Beyond The R-CALF Vs. NCBA Debate 1

    The debate that raged not that long ago between R-CALF and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association almost seems like a distant memory today....More
  • The need for additional water in the West is an issue that isn’t going away.
    Jun 19, 2014
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    Access To Water Is A Lifeblood Issue For The West 1

    In the western part of the U.S., water is perhaps the dominant issue going forward. The demands for water, especially for urban uses, are increasing....More
  • This is a time when the GOP is expected to begin to build momentum.
    Jun 12, 2014
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    Virginia Primary Results Leave GOP In Upheaval 5

    The narrative goes that with a lame duck president, the GOP has a chance to control and direct the national agenda for the first time in six years....More
  • Immigration and cattle producers
    Jun 12, 2014
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    Ag Has A Dog In The Immigration Reform Hunt 5

    Immigration reform and agriculture is a topic I feel qualified to write about. That’s because my opinion on the subject, like that of most folks, is ever-evolving....More
  • michelle obama's school lunch program
    Jun 5, 2014
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    Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program Under Fire Again 23

    The First Lady pushes for more health reform in school lunch programs, but receives plenty of backlash for her lobbying efforts....More
  • Jun 3, 2014
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    8 Resources To Better Understand EPA’s Water Grab 9

    EPA’s proposed rule expanding the federal authority of waters in the U.S. has the agricultural community concerned about the government’s reach on private property....More
  • May 15, 2014
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    Livestock Producers Must Embrace Climate Change 17

    Ranchers are environmentalism’s most avid followers, as stewardship of the environment and the land isn’t a noble concept; it’s the primary name of the game....More
  • May 7, 2014
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    What Price Does The World Pay For Shunning Technology? 11

    Other than potential entrees, there seems little linking golden rice, genetically modified salmon, and beef from a steer implanted with growth hormones. In fact, all are casualties of something called the Precautionary Principle....More
  • May 1, 2014
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    Anemic Economic Growth Is Not The Beef Industry’s Friend 3

    I’m as bullish as anyone can be about the future of the cattle industry, but I think the most significant threat is the overall performance of the U.S. and global economies....More
  • Apr 22, 2014
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    The Climate Police Are At It Again 18

    Opinions and fact regarding climate change continue to mix, mingle and mostly muddle the issue. And in that flux of scientific investigation, questionable research and even more questionable analysis, one thing remains—the anti-livestock agenda by the climate police remains firmly in place....More
  • Apr 22, 2014
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    4 Lessons We Can Learn From Bundy 26

    My family sat around the supper table this past weekend discussing the Cliven Bundy vs. the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) standoff. It’s hard to feel sorry for a guy who broke the rules as he did. After all, Bundy has evaded paying his grazing bills for 20 years and the government has expended a lot of effort and taxpayer dollars to wage court cases, not to mention what it wasted in a failed paramilitary-style move last week to try to confiscate Bundy’s cattle....More
  • Apr 17, 2014
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    Bundy Case Is A Requiem For Property Rights In America 47

    The sad reality is that private property rights no longer exist. You can hold your land until the government decides to take it. It’s just a much more real experience for people in the West....More
  • Apr 15, 2014
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    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 3, 2014
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    No Surprise: Injunction On Mandatory COOL Is Denied Again

    It looks to me like both sides are committed to playing their losing hands out to the very end. Call me an optimist, but I still believe there could have been a compromise earlier that would have benefited both camps....More
  • Apr 3, 2014
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    Numbers Don’t Lie, But Nobody Knows The Obamacare Numbers 10

    The whole national health care issue has become as much political as it is about health care. In fact, fixing the health care crisis in this country has become almost a distant conversation. As a result, both sides of the spectrum are vested in its success or failure, and that has become the focus instead of the results....More

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