Chuck Jolley

Jolley: Darrel Sweet – ranching California’s wine country

Ranching is almost always a family business, sometimes stretching across several generations. The Sweet Ranches, operated by Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member Darrel Sweet and his wife, Karen, go back five generations with a sixth and seventh waiting in the wings. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Has rural America become a political afterthought?

The Associated Press quoted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s assessment about American agriculture during his recent speech at a forum sponsored by Farm Journal. It’s “becoming less and less relevant,” he said. FULL STORY »

Jolley: HumaneWatch comes out swinging, HSUS comes out slinging

Meatingplace published a story about the Humane Society of the United States complaining to the USDA’s Office of the Inspector General that the National Pork Board (NPB) has used federal checkoff dollars to support the National Pork Producers Council’s lobbying efforts. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Howard Hardecke became a cattlemen a few acres at a time

Howard Hardecke is a bit different than most Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) members. He isn’t a second or third generation family farmer with a wealth of on the job training that began at the toddler stage. FULL STORY »

Jolley: Doing the math on ethanol

Following Bill Clinton’s suggestion, I’m trying to do the arithmetic and it’s not working. Somebody at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must have worked out the numbers on ethanol production using the new math, as it refused to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). FULL STORY »

Jolley: 5 Minutes with Keith Warriner and Canada’s beef recall

In early October, Food Safety News reported that “the largest beef recall in Canadian history grew even larger . . .with the government’s announcement that more products are being taken off the market for potential E. coli contamination.” FULL STORY »

Jolley: When Food Mattered

An issue that has been strangely missing from the Presidential debates and the mainstream/lamestream/upstream/downstream news media is food. FULL STORY »

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 »

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