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Jolley: Five Minutes with Dr. Jude Capper, social media maven

What's a Bovidiva, you ask? That's her blogging ID. She also Facebooks, Tweets, emails and travels the world to talk face-to-face with the public about cattle. FULL STORY »

Five minutes with Cattle Buyers Weekly publisher Steve Kay

The year is drawing to an end and it's time for my annual visit with Steve Kay. Once a year, he takes a few minutes out of his incredibly busy schedule to share his views about the cattle industry with me. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five (more) minutes with Canada, COOL & Gerry Ritz

Earlier this week Canada's Ag Minister Gerry Ritz - he occupies a similar position to the USDA's Tom Vilsack - traveled to Chicago. He was backed by a delegation of provincial agriculture ministers and industry representatives to speak harshly to a packed room of meat industry execs attending the North American Meat Conference Outlook Conference. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Monsanto

The phrase "Evil Empire" was a hard stone cast at the Soviet Union by Ronald Reagan in 1983. At its most vile, it's a nickname hung on the hated New York Yankees by Mets fans everywhere. Today, it's a handy descriptor that unlettered foodies all across America are trying to make synonymous with Monsanto. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Dr. Nevil Speer & the future of antibiotics in animal ag

Concerned about the growing debate about what some call the egregious misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture? You should be. The outcome could take the sensible use of important medicines out of your hands. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with COOL. What’s your opinion?

Almost every trade association in North America that is even remotely related to meat was watching one lonely courthouse on Tuesday. A decision about a requested injunction delaying the implementation of COOL, one of the most critical laws that could drastically change how meat is labeled and marketed in the U.S., was about to be handed down by brand new U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Dr. Craig Roberts and ergot

The problem most cattlemen in the Midwest battled for the past few years was a lack of good pasture. The drought meant little grass and expensive hay. This spring, the drought broke with a vengeance. Near record spring rains encouraged good growth but muddy conditions discouraged cutting. FULL STORY »

Jolley: R-CALF’s Bill Bullard and the COOL question

Just a few short days ago, I received an email message from the American Meat Institute. The subject was COOL and the content of that press conference was predictable. The AMI was going to be against it and most of the North American meat industry trade associations were going to join them in a lawsuit. FULL STORY »

Jolley: 5 minutes with Craig Uden and the price of corn

Craig Uden, a fourth generation cattleman from Elwood, NE, is an old hand in the cattle business. He is a partner in Darr Feedlot, Inc., a commercial cattle feeding operation, and he and his wife, Terri, own and manage three commercial cow-calf operations. He buys a lot of corn, too. FULL STORY »

A conversation with Dr. Jim Marsden about the safety of beef

Are you old enough to remember these TV commercials in the 80’s? “When E.F. Hutton Talks, People Listen.” In every industry there are certain heavyweights who fit into that same commercial description. No matter what the chatter might be, their words will be heard above the racket. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with EWG and the invasion of superbugs

If you’ve ever driven across Kansas or ventured very far to the East of Oakland, Calif., you’ve seen those giant wind farms; acres and acres of huge wind turbines cranking out gigawatts of electricity when the wind blows. The hills near the Inland Empire and the flatlands of central Kansas rarely lack for a freshening breeze. FULL STORY »

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