Year: 2013

Year in Review: Top Agriculture Blogs for 2013

Holy Cow! This time last year, had you told me by the end of 2013 that I’d be living in Helena, Montana and working with some of the great ranchers in the country, and received the recognition of Communicator of the Year, I would have thought you’d been bluffing. Blown away, Thankful, Exhausted and Blessed […]

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Engaging in Food Conversations – 6 principles to aid in the learning process

I was sitting in class before church services this past Sunday and the question came up, “What is a Disciple?” It’s someone who engages in learning more in-depth about a subject, a follower of certain teachings, or an apprentice of a trade. I think many of us are disciples in a sense, choosing to constantly […]

Idaho Cattle Convention – Sun Valley, Idaho

I  can’t believe I’ve let a month go by and haven’t updated the blog on my travels in and around Montana. (So I better catch up!) Work has definitely kept me busy and on the go. But I guess that is a good thing! In early November, I had the great opportunity to travel to […]

Turkey welfare and slaughter Video with Dr. Temple Grandin

Over the past several years, I have been engaged in several conversations about transparency, animal welfare, and requests for more information about how livestock make it to our plates. Recently, American Meat Institute has teamed up with Dr. Temple Grandin, a well-know animal scientist who focuses on improving animal welfare practices, especially during slaughter. The […]

Ask A Farmer: Use of Antibiotics in Cattle Feedlots

Last week, I brought forward some Food For Thought on the issue of antibiotic use in livestock. The concerns surrounding an increase in antibiotic resistance seem to raise a lot of emotion and controversy around our food supply, just as the use of other feed additives, chemicals, herbicides, and countless other technologies and applications of […]

Is Antibiotic Resistance due to Livestock drug use?

One of the most frequent questions I receive relative to livestock production often includes some aspect of antibiotic use. This has been a hot-topic in the food and farm dialogues over the past few years and one that draws a lot of criticism from consumers concerned about antibiotic resistance. Are farmers and ranchers going to […]

#BigSkyMove: Manhattan Kansas serves up a great steak diagram

Where does your favorite cut of steak come from? During my #BigSkyMove, I had the opportunity to visit Manhattan, Kansas, specifically my friends Brandon and Jodi Oleen. Jodi works for the Kansas Pork Association and Brandon with one of the Beef Cattle units at Kansas State University. Talk about house divided when it comes to […]

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