Jolley: Awkward business decisions behind safer meat production
Dr. James Marsden said he is almost ready to claim victory over E. coli O157:H7. After a tour of a medium-sized grinder and a long, hard look at the hurdles he had suggested they put in place, he hedged a bit, though. 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: Cindy Greiman, newest CBB member, horse woman & rancher
Cindy Greiman grew up on an Iowa farm. She’s spent her life around cattle, horses and grain, so it was only natural that she attended Iowa State University and majored in agricultural business. One might say she was born to the good life. FULL STORY »
Jolley: Will Frankenmeat escape the lab?
Monday, August 5, is a day that will live forever in culinary infamy. On that grim and foreboding day, the first-ever public tasting of a lab-grown faux burger took place in London, a town not known throughout the ages as a center of fine dining. 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: MCOOL goes acourtin’
A challenge to the Mandatory COOL rule issued by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on May 23 has been filed by six U.S. plaintiffs. R-CALF, a long-time strong proponent of country of origin labeling, thought the suit was without merit. 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 »
Five minutes with Cevin Jones and “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner"
If you’re a cattle rancher of a certain age, you remember them; great ads with Robert Mitchum’s deep voice booming “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” while Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo Hoedown” played in the background. FULL STORY »
Jolley: What is to become of beef?
My mother-in-law hated lamb. She grew up during the depression when national consumption was much higher than today’s paltry .8 pounds per capita. She saw it as a cheap protein resource when she was a tot and was appalled at the price it commanded when she grew older. FULL STORY »
A visit with CBB member Chris Hutton, President of Sampco
Chris Hutton came to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by the longest route. He was born and raised in Argentina and University-educated in Australia before finding himself in Chicago as President of Sampco, Inc., a JBS Company that imports a hefty menu of beef products. FULL STORY »