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Read about different aspects of the industry from a variety of perspectives. Guest writers include cattle producers and beef industry experts.

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I was told as a kid never to pray for patience, because if you get it, you will surely have opportunity to use it.

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Extreme environmental activists often reference eliminating meat consumption as a “silver bullet” of sorts, one that will make a sizeable impact in mitigating climate change.

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Have you ever thought about when it happened? Not many of us really know an exact date or even an exact year, but those of us who are starting to get a little gray or a little thin on top know that at one point we made the rite of passage from cow-boy to cow-man.

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In agriculture and livestock production, it is becoming increasingly more important to be beyond reproach. As undercover activists lurk in our barns and consumers become more and more attuned to animal care issues, we have enough on our plate with trying to explain humane, necessary and science-based practices that may not look pleasant on the surface (such as dehorning calves or moving a down cow) to tolerate any mistreatment or cruelty.

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“Our metric at [the Humane Society of the United States] is not whether you’re leading a perfect life and not eating animal products, but rather forward progress. Are you living consciously, and doing better – and that’s what most farmers would argue is their duty.”  —Wayne Pacelle, HSUS

Last week I attended an event hosted by the New America Foundation where speakers including Wayne Pacelle, Christopher Leonard (author of the new book "The Meat Racket"), members of HSUS’ new "agriculture councils" and others were speakers on the agenda.

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Almost a year ago, we watched in amazement as Dodge Ram shocked the ag world with their “So God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl commercial. As many times as I’ve watched that commercial, I still get chills.

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