Archive | January, 2009

A Sign of Things to Come?

A Sign of Things to Come?

Newly confirmed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was invited, as every one of his predecessors has been, to speak at the Opening General Session of the Cattle Industry Annual Convention. I’ve been in Phoenix a couple of days now covering the annual meeting of the nation’s beef industry organizations, and many of us fully expected […]

I Have Arrived in the Valley of the Sun

I Have Arrived in the Valley of the Sun

Much to the chagrin of my friends and coworkers, I am spending the week in Phoenix, Arizona at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention. This is the annual meeting and policy making session of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, and the American National Cattlewomen. These are great organizations, and this is a […]

Think We're Not In Trouble? Think Again...

Think We’re Not In Trouble? Think Again…

Our friend and farm broadcast colleague Gary Truitt reports on movements by the most dangerous organization in the United States to invade the Midwest. After tackling less agriculturally intensive states over the past four or five years with ballot initiatives seeking to destroy animal agriculture, the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) took a shot […]

The Soy Industry Scrapple

The Soy Industry Scrapple

My good friend Ed Winkle shared some thoughts on his blog this morning regarding the ongoing “family feud” in the soybean industry between the American Soybean Association, the United Soybean Board, the US Department of Agriculture, and the newly-formed United States Soybean Federation. Confused? For context, go back to our Lindsay Hill’s on-the-spot reporting from […]

A Great Week in San Antonio

A Great Week in San Antonio

Lindsay and I are sitting in Chicago’s Midway airport in the (we hope) final hour of a three-hour layover on our way home from the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in San Antonio. Our week Deep in the Heart of Texas has been very rewarding on a number of fronts. Most […]