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Friday, December 18,2009

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Something about San Antonio

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Thirteen years ago, the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) changed their organization after a tumultuous battle and a lot of damage to create the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). This period was also known as the "Merger." In January, NCBA will hold their meeting again in San Antonio, TX, and attempt to change their organization again, more than likely with

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Friday, December 11,2009

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Climatic politics

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s becoming clear as a bell that the Obama administration is carrying out a full frontal attack on the American economy and society. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is perhaps his most profound tool to inflict this damage. EPA announced last week that they would initiate

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Friday, December 4,2009

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Unrealistic expectations

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Food safety is a two-way street. Food processors and the public both have to take some responsibility for the safety of the food products they consume. Pathogen-free food is about as unrealistic as the government eliminating their total deficit spending. Apparently, some in Washington, D.C., don’t think consumers

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Monday, November 30,2009

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Credibility gap

by Pete Crow - Publisher
In a couple weeks, the world will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the idea of changing the world as we know it. The politics of climate change are heating up and the fear factor is being multiplied by the proponents of climate change and greenhouse gas abatement. From what I can tell, if we don’t do something about

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Friday, November 13,2009

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EPA’s reckless abandon

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It appears to me that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting to the point where they can choose industries that will be winners and losers in this economy. EPA has recently changed their thinking on coarse particulate matter and reduced acceptable levels by 90 percent compared to

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Tuesday, November 10,2009

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Sustainable?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Sustainability is a word we’ve been hearing a lot about lately and, most of the time, it’s made in reference #to organic agriculture. Sustainability (is defined) as the ability to continue or carry on. There% is also? a *definition in the dictionary that says "to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life." There are no references made to—environment or organic agriculture. Ironically, organic agriculture= is using the word to- describe the difference between organic and conventional agriculture.

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Monday, November 2,2009

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Cause and effect

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Have you been thinking about all the proposed legislation pending in Washington? You've got healthcare reform, climate change legislation and clean water legislation that will give the federal government authority over all water.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Markets improve

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets have improved a bit over the past two weeks and some segments of the beef industry are moving along very well. The fall bull sales around the country have been stronger than many of us expected and

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Tuesday, September 29,2009

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Marketing options

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The big summer video sales are just about over and the yearling cattle fared pretty well up until the last few weeks. There were some good calf sales, but for most cow/calf operators, it was disappointing in relation to last year's prices. Now we're.

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Friday, September 18,2009

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A new friend

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The new chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Blanche Lincoln, D-AR, looks like she might be a pretty reasonable person for agriculture. It will be interesting to see if she follows along with the plans of the former Senate Ag chairman, Tom Harkin, D-IA, and his sometimes wild ag agenda.

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