The environmental community has praised the president on taking such bold action and recommendations to his administration. On the other hand, those of us in agriculture, energy production and rural America have found concern, and I believe rightly so, in what this executive order seems to want to achieve.
Just five days after NCBA’s voluntary framework to increase market transparency was sent out, a group of 17 state cattlemen’s associations sent off a letter to Congress supporting their legislative ideas for a fix.
Cattle markets are a subject that are cussed and discussed all over the country by farmers and ranchers. There have been numerous efforts this year alone to try and address this issue and drive some share of the profits from beef sales back down the line.
What happens when there are no heirs to receive the land or no children to receive the senior generation’s values? I believe the senior generation still has something to offer, although the asset transition strategy is different, and recipients of one’s values include a broader group of people.
Republicans, Democrats and the White House have been discussing a $2.9 trillion “infrastructure” bill. The definition of infrastructure itself keeps changing, as does how to pay for it.
The herd liquidation that took place in 2014 had both negative and positive consequences. The decline in cattle numbers forced at least four fed beef plants and six non-fed plants to close.
People in agriculture, timber, oil and gas, and mining have to deal with environmental regulations and their onerous restrictions. Sometimes environmental regulations simply prevent a project from happening with outright denial of permits or rejection of economically viable alternatives in NEPA analyses.
Continued concerns about climate change and the desire to protect our natural resources have people all over the globe looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly. These important conversations often lead back to food production—something that, as a cattle rancher, I am very passionate about.
This is another year when far-out planning will be in order, and expect industries we depend on to sometimes not deliver on time. Uncle Sam stacking $1,200/month on top of state unemployment benefits means some folks can make more riding the couch than by working.
The choice to join the company is a point of pride for parents and grandparents, as it represents the continuation of a legacy. But sometimes people join the family business for the wrong reasons, and over time, they and their family members become miserable.