Issues That Matter

Commentary: Photo follies and flagrant falsehoods

Efforts to protect farmers from animal-rights extremists create some interesting discussions, strange bedfellows and of course, self-serving, misleading propaganda. FULL STORY »

Issues That Matter: Farmers and feeders facing higher fuel costs

Farmers and livestock feeders face higher fuel costs as Middle East and North Africa turmoil sends oil toward $100 a barrel, contributing to an upswing in gasoline and diesel that already has Americans paying the highest prices at the pump in more than two years. FULL STORY »

Issues That Matter: Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award

The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the first Arturo Armendariz Distinguished Service Award. FULL STORY »

Issues That Matter: More corn acres may not slow price rally

American farmers are expected to boost corn plantings by more than 4 percent this year, but analysts say that still may be insufficient to alleviate tight supplies and forestall a record price rally. FULL STORY »

Round two of the checkoff spending dispute

The Cattlemen’s Beef Board, NCBA and USDA appear ready to resolve discrepancies in NCBA’s allocation of Beef Checkoff funds, but R-CALF says “not so fast.” FULL STORY »

Richard McDonald Leader Institute announced

To honor Richard McDonald’s legacy of leadership, a new program has been established. FULL STORY »

Group asks feds to investigate Butler

Is a former trial lawyer turned government official making policy decisions at the Department of Agriculture that will serve his future personal financial interests? FULL STORY »

Risk assessment raises questions over NBAF

The Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with Kansas State University, plans to build a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan. FULL STORY »

Corn, food and potential sticker shock

Make no mistake about it, the ongoing trend toward sharply higher corn prices affects the entire protein-food system and long-term profitability in livestock production. FULL STORY »

Checkoff gauges consumer image of beef safety

The Beef Checkoff conducts periodic surveys to monitor consumer confidence in the safety of beef. FULL STORY »

GIPSA rule could eliminate jobs

An economic impact study conducted by John Dunham and Associates Inc. concludes that the Obama administration’s proposed rule on livestock marketing could leave approximately 104,000 additional Americans without jobs. FULL STORY »

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