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Read commentary from Progressive Cattleman editor David Cooper, ranging from the origin of specific magazine articles to thoughts about industry trends.

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By the time you read this column, the world’s population will grow by another 500 people. That’s just the short term. Looking out further on the horizon, the math really adds up.

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First it was the increase in cattle prices that started around 2010.

Then came the reduction in price for feed and corn midway through 2013.

Now as 2015 begins, we are watching another commodity game-changer as the price of fuel continues to spiral downward.

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Charles Dickens was the literary titan of the Victorian age, primarily through his ability to portray the struggles of Britain’s most impoverished and downtrodden people.

His gift for creating such characters was rooted in the fact that, in some ways, he was one of them.

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While attending the National Angus Convention and Trade Show in Kansas City this week (temperatures in the mid 60s), producers from the plains of South Carolina informed me their herds saw snow for the first time ever in the month of November. In fact, it was the earliest recorded November snow in South Carolina in over 120 years

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It was more than a decade ago, while attending a conference for newspaper business editors, that I realized technology’s whole premise is to change your expectations of the future.

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Last week’s PBS Frontline news program explored the continuing debate over antibiotic uses in livestock used for food. 

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