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  • veterinary feed directive
    Jul 1, 2014

    Producers Should Get Ready For Effects of Veterinary Feed Directive

    What a new VFD will look like is still being determined. One proposed change is that the definition of veterinary oversight lies with the local jurisdictions (states)....More
  • We all know there will never be unanimity of opinion among cattlemen.
    Jun 19, 2014

    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
  • This is a time when the GOP is expected to begin to build momentum.
    Jun 12, 2014

    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

    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

    Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program Under Fire Again 24

    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

    8 Resources To Better Understand EPA’s Water Grab 10

    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 7, 2014

    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

    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

    4 Lessons We Can Learn From Bundy 27

    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

    Bundy Case Is A Requiem For Property Rights In America 48

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • 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

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