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BQA Still Vital To Food Safety

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program grew from its 1980 start as a Beef Safety Assurance Program (residue avoidance) in five states to a national education program. FULL STORY »

Them Is Fightin' Words

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a commentary in the Kansas City Star that mentioned some readers recently objected to Kansas City being referred to as "Cowtown" in some article headlines. One reader said, "Isn't it time that The Star took the lead in getting rid of that name? Does the paper want other cities to think we’re all a bunch of hicks?" FULL STORY »

California Puts A Face On Dairy Farmers

In the last couple of years TV has portrayed our nation’s livestock farmers in a bad light with some undercover videos. Those bad apples have painted a poor image of the rest of the country’s hard-working producers who care for their animals and care about the food they produce.

A View From The Valley

Previously my colleague from Drovers wrote about his daughter’s high school graduation and the message from the graduation speaker. This week while I vacationed in California for my niece’s high school graduation outside of Los Angeles, I have my own story to tell. But this one is about food.

Cattle Welfare Begins With The Calf

Taking my familiar 120-mile drive from Kansas City to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. this week I passed though brilliant green (thanks to the spring rains) Flint Hills pastures dotted with healthy, grazing cattle.

Billboards Link Ranching & Environment

Within the month, if you are driving through Butte County, Calif., north of Sacramento, maybe on your way to California State University-Chico, you’re going to see some billboards that tie California’s rich heritage of ranching to cattle producers’ love of the environment.

“Crisis Gardening” Feeds Into Fears

Could you and your family get off the grid and survive in a panic? Do you have enough seeds to plant a survival garden and feed your family? Do you have the right kind of seeds to plant?

PETA & HSUS: The Pickpocket & The Conman

Make no mistake, says David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom and editor of, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are pretty much one and the same.

Arizona Has Had Enough

The increasing violence on the Arizona/Mexico border made national news when southeastern Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was killed in March, an act that shook the livestock industry to the core.

Are You Ready For An Agriculture Emergency?

The 2007 Ag Census from the USDA indicated that there were 656,475 operations specializing in beef cattle ranching and farming, and 31,065 cattle feedlots, for a total of 687,540 beef operations. In 2007, there also were 57,318 farms in the United States that specialized in dairy cattle and milk production.

And A Child Will Lead Us

“For much of the world, cereal grains supply the main source of dietary protein. The United States consumes about one-fourth of our planet’s beef. By eating so much beef we are using a lot of natural resources: grain, the land the grain grows on and water.

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