5 Mins w/Chuck Jolley

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 »

Jolley: 5 Minutes with Matt Liebman and sustainable agriculture

Iowa State’s Dr. Matt Liebman is a professor of agronomy and holds the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture. He studied biological sciences at Harvard University and earned his Ph.D. in botany from the University of California-Berkeley. At ISU, he focuses on how to use ecology to maintain or increase agricultural production while reducing dependence on chemicals and fossil fuels. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Scott George, NCBA’s new president

I can think of few things more exciting and, at the same time, more frustrating than being elected to head up the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Seems like most of the past presidents I’ve talked with start off their term with unbounded enthusiasm. FULL STORY »

Jolley: 5 minutes with Clay Pope and the magic of YouTube

I didn’t see Clay Pope’s heart-to-heart with President Obama when it was first posted on YouTube. I discovered the now famous video when I read Timothy Egan’s New York Times Opinionator Blog last week. The title, “Hix Nix Climate Fix,” offended me but it was a clever re-use of one of the most famous headlines in newspaper history. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with sequestering the meat industry

Sequestration is an ugly specter that has been haunting us for months like a hoard of brain dead zombies. No matter what is said about the dangers of sequestration or the noble but empty pronouncements by our elected officials, it just won’t die. It just keeps slowly walking toward the federal check book threatening to devour everything in its path. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Michele Payn-Knoper and the food fight

The public has been reciting a ridiculous litany of late. The words have been written by “Food, Inc. Foodopoly. Fast Food Nation. The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Meatrix. Super Size Me.” The message is consistent; food is generally bad for you and agriculture is the enabler. Farm animals are almost always abused and the food we grow is merely processed to make us fat. FULL STORY »

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