Chuck Jolley

Jolley: Pat Venable discusses cattle, catering and the cook-off

Pat Venable lives on a ranch near Klamath Falls. It’s a small Oregon town on the dry side of the Cascade mountains that run north to south in central Oregon to the California border. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Steve Kay and a look at the new year

This will be my third annual visit with CBW’s Steve Kay, one of the sharpest observers of the direction and occasional misdirection of the North American cattle business. FULL STORY »

Jolley: It’s time to toughen animal ag’s ‘good hands’ rules

A few weeks ago, I was talking with Elizabeth Weise, a reporter for USA Today, about food safety issues, specifically the advent of pre-harvest controls and how animal ag would react. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Trent Loos

Trent talks…a lot. He talks on his radio program, on planes and in airports. It’s his thing. I took this from his web site, “Loos records, produces and sends his radio programs from wherever his travels take him using his laptop computer and the Internet. He presently has a radio listening audience of 4 million and can be heard on more than 100 stations across the country.” FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with a brand new Farm Bill

Tom Vilsack says the next Farm Bill needs to “provide aid to farmers affected by natural disasters, increase funding for agricultural research and continue important conservation programs.” FULL STORY »

Jolley: Talking with Laurie Munns about ranching and dry land farming

I asked Cattlemen’s Beef Board member Laurie Munns about how she got started in the cattle business. She was 19 and wasn’t raised on a farm. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef for Hard Rock Café

There is a certain culture that permeates Hard Rock Café, from its restaurants through to corporate headquarters. It has a whole different attitude about itself; you’ll never mistake it for a quick-serve burger joint. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with NCBA’s Burton Eller, the exit interview

If you’ve been in the business for more than 15 minutes, you know the name - Burton Eller. The just-retired Senior Vice President of Member Services and Industry Affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Eller has played an important role in the way we do business today. FULL STORY »

Jolley: More About that controversial nSTEC statement by the USDA

The USDA dropped the other shoe, launched a cruise missile, and aimed a dagger at the heart of the meat industry when Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the ‘Big Six’ nSTECs would be labeled as adulterants, right up there with the O157:H7 bogeyman. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five Minutes with Dr. Travis Miller and the life and death of Texas agriculture

Well, it ain’t dead yet, but it has been mercilessly pounded by four seriously drought-ridden years during the first decade of the Twenty-First Century. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Mark Bittman’s view of modern agriculture and why it annoys me

Something about Mark Bittman, the New York Times’ most elitist ag writer, just annoys the hell out of me. It might be his pollyannaish approach to farming. FULL STORY »

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