Daily Archives: February 1, 2010

Michael Pollan on Oprah: “We’ve Made it Rational to Eat Badly.”

Michael Pollan on Oprah: "We’ve Made it Rational to Eat Badly."

Chantal Martineau

The Village Voice

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Author Michael Pollan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Wednesday to talk about his latest book Food Rules, and the documentary Food, Inc. Pollan offered, "We subsidize corn, soy, wheat. We don’t do anything to subsidize fresh produce."

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Nebraska Cow-Calf College: Kit Pharo on sustainable beef production methods

Nebraska Cow-Calf College: Kit Pharo on sustainable beef production methods

Rita Brhel

The Cattle Business Weekly

Most people associate the term "sustainable agriculture" with organic, grass-fed, and other alternative farming and ranching methods that many commodity producers just don’t have the taste for in their cow-calf operations.

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Livestock producers need a plan for the future

Livestock producers need a plan for the future

High Plains Journal

Beef producers and other livestock producers need to have a coordinated strategic plan and be part of an organized movement to continue raising healthy food for the world.

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NCBA board approves new ‘rapid’ governance structure

NCBA board approves new ‘rapid’ governance structure

 By Rod Smith

Feedstuffs

The board of directors of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) approved this morning a new organizational structure that changes dramatically how the organization is governed and how it responds to threats to the beef cattle industry.

The new structure downsizes the board from 274 members to 29, permitting the board to be called together far more often that twice a year and to conduct conference calls to direct NCBA staff to act on emergency matters ranging from activist to political and regulatory threats.

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Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Dr. Carl Dahlen

Farm and Ranch

Twin births occur in <1 to 7 percent of cattle depending on breed and genetics. Though fairly rare, it helps to prepare for the possibility of twin births prior to calving season.

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Prisoners turn out to be good cattle raisers

Prisoners turn out to be good cattle raisers

MELODY McDONALD

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Being raised by criminals isn’t necessarily a bad thing — if you’re a cow or bull.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a good-looking herd of black baldy cattle tucked away inside the Richardson-Bass Building, marking the third time that Texas’ prison system has made an appearance at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

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Ranchers optimistic about 2010 cattle sales

Ranchers optimistic about 2010 cattle sales

Matthew Horn

KOTA-TV

From record high cattle sales in 2008, to near record lows in 2009. The demand side has been pretty slow. Ranchers like John Schurr at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City say 2010 looks to be relatively stable compared to years past.

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