USDA Approves Simplot Innate Potato, GMO Opponents Vocal on McDonald’s Apparent Rejection

Earlier this month, USDA approved nonregulated status for the commercial planting of a genetically modified potato, known as Innate. The approval was granted to Simplot Company, a well-known potato grower based in Idaho. You can read Simplot's petition to USDA for approval of the Innate potato on the APHIS website. Also available are the Determination of … Continue reading USDA Approves Simplot Innate Potato, GMO Opponents Vocal on McDonald’s Apparent Rejection

10 Ways Biotechnology Improves Our Lives Beyond GMO Crops

Farmers and ranchers are the original environmental stewards. Ever since the earliest days of open range grazing, U.S. Agriculture has been working one on one with our natural resources. There have been a few rough patches through expansion, but we have learned enormous amounts of information about working with an in our environments and that … Continue reading 10 Ways Biotechnology Improves Our Lives Beyond GMO Crops

8 Essential Do and Do Nots for Bloggers | Better Blogging

I've been in the blogging community since 2009. Having recently passed the 1,000 post milestone, there are a few lessons I've learned along the way. One of the most important is there's no one correct way for everyone to blog. Each person has their own perspective and often we'll find agriculture bloggers writing about similar … Continue reading 8 Essential Do and Do Nots for Bloggers | Better Blogging

4 frustrating agriculture myths we need to fix

Lately, I have been involved in (and observing) some frustrating conversations. We have so many systems at play in the world of agriculture right now, and people are fighting tooth and nail to gain an edge on the competition. Even if that means throwing our neighbor under the bus. It is incredibly difficult to be a … Continue reading 4 frustrating agriculture myths we need to fix

Explaining Cattle Feedlot Aerial Images

What’s really going on in the cattle feedlot aerial images you see on Google maps or online stories? Google cattle feedlot aerial photos and you come up with a number of results that describe the "horrors of industrial beef". People like to make these images out to be scary and damaging for conventional cattle operations. … Continue reading Explaining Cattle Feedlot Aerial Images

People Behind The Beef | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. … Continue reading People Behind The Beef | What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot

My Introduction As A Kid | What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot

So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough … Continue reading My Introduction As A Kid | What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot

One Year After Atlas Blizzard Kills Thousands of Livestock

It's hard to believe it's been one year since the historic and devastating Atlas Blizzard struck the region surrounding western South Dakota. The unexpected, early season storm left in its wake more than $1.7 billion in damage, feet of snow and howling winds wiped out tens of thousands of livestock, and ranchers were left with … Continue reading One Year After Atlas Blizzard Kills Thousands of Livestock