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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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With the new year came news that the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services approved new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines and an endorsement for red meat as a healthy protein.

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If you went into the cattle business because you relish the chance to work alongside family, in the outdoors and with horses and livestock – you are not alone. Those values remain at the heart of the cattle industry.

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It was the second Christmas after my mother moved us to a new state – just my sister and myself. The older kids had grown and moved away. Mom had started a new job teaching at the elementary and we kids were barely adjusted to our new setting.

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Each year, the Nobel Prize is given for meritorious achievements in chemistry, medicine, physics, economics, literature and peace.

This year’s recipient for the Nobel in economic sciences is Angus Deaton, the Scottish-born, Princeton educator known for his analysis of consumption, poverty and welfare.

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Five years ago, as the beef industry was climbing out of the big recession and a spate of low cattle prices, a glimmer of promise emerged with the surging popularity of beef overseas. Beef exports climbed back to competitive levels in 2010, sparked by recovering economies in Asia, Europe and buying power in the Middle East.

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“… Food production is not a private matter.”

That statement is hidden deep within an Idaho judge’s 29-page ruling, issued Aug. 3, striking down the state’s law banning secret animal rights video. The decision provided a jolt across agriculture and much of the national news media last month.

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