Chuck Jolley

Jolley: Defending modern agriculture

A few days ago I was watching an interesting commercial on TV. An old farmer standing out in a field somewhere in the Midwest was reminiscing about the joys of life in rural America. In the background, a large combine was slowly doing its work. FULL STORY »

Jolley: CBB member Will Frazee and the art of the family farm

Will Frazee says he’s been serving the cattle industry for ‘a number of years’ just like a lot of his Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) friends. FULL STORY »

Jolley: 5 Minutes with lawsuits, BPI and ABC

The last time something like this happened, Texas cattleman Paul Engler and friends sued TV Icon/Goddess Oprah Winfrey for making disparaging and libelous comments about ground beef. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Bittman wants to celebrate the farmer (at least a few)

Mark Bittman, the pretend urban farmer who vaguely remembers growing up on an Oregon farm and now writes a foodie blog for The New York Times, is at it again. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Jim LeFils, CBB member and Florida rancher

Folks who accept an appointment to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) do it because they love the cattle business. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Five minutes with Crystal Albers & the future of agvocacy

‘Agvocacy’ is a made-up word but it works nicely in this case. When I visited with the folks at the American Angus Association a few days ago, the main topic of conversation was communication. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Newest free market battleground might be Iowa cornfield

Remember that old rule-of-thumb about corn: knee high by the Fourth of July? In most places, it was scarcely ankle high and too much of it was just plain dead. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Mark Bittman opines that meat is bad, USDA is worse

Mark Bittman, The New York Times’ vegetarian-in-chief and a reputed ex-farm boy, kicked over another of his sun-baked cow patties when he attacked the USDA for reversing its Meatless Monday half-stance. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Dr. Leah Dorman, animal antibiotics and public health

The use of antibiotics on the farm has been a not-so-slowly simmering issue for a long time. I remember first discussing it 15 years ago with representatives of a few of the larger pharmaceutical companies. FULL STORY »

Jolley: CBB member Barbara Jackson and her feed yard legacy

“I was born into it,” said Barbara Jackson, Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member from Tucson, AZ., when I asked her how she got into the cattle business. “Dad was in the business since the early 1940s. He graduated from U.C.-Davis and came to Arizona to help build one of the first cattle feed yards.” FULL STORY »

Jolley commentary: How now ObamaCare?

SCOTUS stunned everyone with their ObamaCare decision. Only the most devoted Democrats thought there was a chance that it would get by a steadfastly right wing court. FULL STORY »

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