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The campaign to whitewash farm and ranch vocabulary

The campaign to whitewash farm and ranch vocabulary

Cargill is apparently no longer in the business of ‘slaughtering’ cattle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers and ranchers have a well-deserved reputation for straight talk. Saying what you mean and meaning what you say, after all, were essential elements in the handshake deals that were the hallmark of rural business for generations. They still are. Now, however, some folks outside the nation’s fields and fences are working overtime to wash […] Read more

U.S. ranchers ask, ‘Where’s my cow insurance?’

Reading Time: 2 minutes It was evident from the hello that the South Dakota rancher had practised his pitch before he dialed my office. “I’m (so and so),” he said in a clipped, clear voice, “an independent cow-calf producer west of the (Missouri) river with 500 cows. I’m calling with one question: Where do I go to sign up […] Read more


Policies give lie to farmers’ mantra

Reading Time: 2 minutes Some people believe in tillage, others in no till. Some people believe in planning, others in fate. Ask an American farmer if he believes a big part of his destiny includes feeding the world and he’ll likely say, “Yep.” The answer is quick and sincere because somewhere in every farmer and rancher’s makeup is a […] Read more

U.S. cattle industry vibrant — but not for cowboys

Reading Time: 2 minutes Twice a week,New York Timescolumnist Thomas L. Friedman drives political and economic policymakers into full rant on topics as opposite as global free trade (he loves it) and national industrial policy (he loves it, too). Kiss him or kick him, Friedman can turn a phrase. A current Friedmanism notes that “If you jump off the […] Read more


U.S. Election Fallout — Boiling Water, But Not For Tea

Reading Time: 2 minutes If ascendant Republicans act on what they say was the clear message sent by voters Nov. 2, the 112th Congress ain’t gonna’ be a tea party. Oh, something will boil, alright. It may be the fat most politicians claim is stored in all those pork barrels on Capitol Hill. After that, maybe some of the […] Read more

Ohio Livestock Growers Caged By Farm Groups – for Sep. 13, 2010

Reading Time: 2 minutes What was to be a clever, voter-sanctioned effort to fence out the animals-are-people crowd in Ohio last year is, depending on your perspective, either a progressive way for farm and animal rights groups to work together toward humane livestock production or a total sellout of livestock producers by Big Ag to the Humane Society of […] Read more



WTO — nine years of talks, none of action

Reading Time: 2 minutes While $16.6 billion is a nice chunk of business, it also matches the monthly trade deficit – $16.5 billion The surest way to confirm if anyone in Washington, D.C. is telling you the truth about trade is to watch their lips: if they move, they’re not. Of course, not many lips have moved on trade […] Read more


Big U.S. Packers Pull Out Their Ammunition

Reading Time: 2 minutes Roosters crow, cows moo and pigs squeal. To be more precise, proud roosters crow, contented cows moo and, contrary to popular folklore, scared pigs – not happy ones – squeal. In fact, the more scared the pig, the louder the squeal. This simple piece of farm knowledge was confirmed, again, in a Jan. 5 letter […] Read more

Checkoffs A Sore Point With U. S. Producers

Reading Time: 2 minutes When Benjamin Franklin noted in a 1789 letter to a friend that “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes,” he did not foresee the incestuous, billion-dollar-per-year commodity checkoff industry. If you farm or ranch in America, not even taxes are more certain than the beef checkoff, the pork […] Read more