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Jolley: In Defense of Modern Agriculture

The thing about modern American agriculture is that most of it is big – Texas big – especially in our midsection. There might be a thousand times as many small farming operations left in the prairies, valleys and mountain sides of this country but the vast majority of the land is farmed and ranched by the big boys and girls and they are incredibly productive. 

Ag Policy

Congress introduces Farm to School Act of 2015

Last week, members of Congress took the first step toward a major win for local economies, farm families and the health of our nation’s children. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015 to expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program.

My Beef Checkoff

Feed vs. Food: Are cattle really taking food out of our mouths?

In 40 years, the global population is predicted to contain more than 9 billion people, and demand for food, fuel and fiber will increase by 60 percent. Out of those 9 billion people, 8 billion will live in the developing world, where inhabitants of regions such as China and India will have household incomes similar to those in the developed world, and will demand more milk, meat and eggs.


Feeder Cattle Review: Calves selling unevenly steady

Compared to last week, yearlings traded mostly 2.00-5.00 lower, with calves selling unevenly steady. Weather curtailed receipts throughout much of the Southwest and Southeast as snow/ice storms moved across the trading areas.

Cow/Calf Producer

Q&A: Tips from the experts on your herd sire investment

Every year cattlemen and women have common occurring questions before investing in genetics that will play a huge role in the success of their operation for several years. “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd,” says beef specialist Matt Hersom at the University of Florida. In other words, your bull purchase decisions are not to be taken lightly.


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