The 113th session of Congress, which concluded at the end of 2014, was generally regarded as a lesson in dysfunctional government. However, for ranchers grazing cattle on federal lands in the West, there was some good news....More
Congress is currently wrangling over who should control the Internet -- the federal government or the private market. What do you think? Today’s blog looks at both sides of the debate and asks you to be the judge....More
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is charged by the government with developing recommendations for the 2015 update of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time ever, that committee weighed the environmental impact of various foods in arriving at its recommendations. That has meat and food groups, as well as lawmakers, nervous....More
As expected, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that he won’t pursue a second checkoff. USDA Secretary Vilsack accomplished what few people thought possible – he unified the cattle industry and got Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion....More
After losing support from one of the only ag organizations in favor of a second, duplicative beef checkoff program and then losing funding for the idea, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will walk away from his proposal to create a second, government-run beef checkoff program....More
The U.S. has a very long and very sorry record of its ability to effectively deal with immigration policy. For agriculture as a whole and the beef business in particular, this long-running stalemate must be resolved to ensure an adequate labor force....More
As the world turns its thoughts to the holiday season, the news affecting the beef business continues to keep the conversation hopping for cattle producers. Here’s a roundup of a few headlines that made the news.
The November midterm election results definitely reset the federal legislative branch. In the 114th Congress, which begins Jan. 3, 2015, Republicans will control both houses after a stunning electoral wave....More
The U.S. courts have said they’re cool with COOL. The World Trade Organization, however, is not. And that has set up the next round of debate over the U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule.
In Colorado, we have races for U.S. Senate and the governorship that are very much tossups as we go into the final weekend. The fact that these are close races goes beyond the fact that Colorado has become a swing state, however....More