Category: Beef

Celebrate National Agriculture Day and talk to a farmer | CNN Eatocracy

How long has it been since you visited a farm? Vote in the poll. In case you missed it, yesterday was National Agriculture Day. I had the opportunity to share a few words on CNN Eatocracy and hopefully encourage folks to consider how agriculture impacts our lives daily. Even though farmers and ranchers may be […]

Undercover video reveals shocking images of Wisconsin dairy farm

Yesterday, a new undercover video was released from a Wisconsin dairy farm; a farm much like one of the many family farms across the country. Actually, after reading so many reports of animal welfare concerns, these revealing scenes from behind closed doors are pretty shocking. Watch the video for yourself. See the original undercover video […]

How has farming changed since 1978 and “So God Made a Farmer”? | CNN Eatocracy

This week has been an exciting one for those discussing food and farming. Sunday’s airing of RAM Truck’s Super Bowl ad featuring the American Farmer has had online communities buzzing about the images and characteristics that defined our farmers in 1978. Those characteristics and values still hold true today, despite what we commonly hear in mainstream […]

My highlight of 2012: CNN Eatocracy

The comment that started it all: I’m from a family farm with cattle, horses, and on occasion a few pigs, chickens for our own freezer. I’ve also worked in large cattle feedlots in different parts of the country. Farmers (both large and small) I’ve worked with all care about providing a quality life for their […]

What should a ‘local’ farm (and farmer) look like? | CNN Eatocracy

I have another article on CNN’s food blog, Eatocracy, this week! This time I’m bringing up the discussion of local food from the perspective of a farmer who most do not consider as ‘local’.  Be sure to read the entire article and join the discussion on CNN’s page. The term “local” is used frequently in […]

What do feedlot cattle eat? | Ask a Farmer

I have had several conversations where folks assume that grain-finished cattle have little to no access to grass. That is not the complete truth and many are surprised to learn just how short the period is that those cattle remain in the feedlot. The majority of the animal’s life is on pasture. Recently I have […]

Does feeding cattle corn harm them? | Ask a Farmer

What is a Factory Farm? Does feeding cattle corn harm them? Why are cattle finished in feedlots? These are a few of the questions I often receive when discussing the beef we eat and how cattle are raised. Do cattle eat grass or grain? Most all beef cattle are born and raised on pastures where […]

Questions about food and farming abound | Ask A Farmer

  I’ve had some pretty interesting comments on my recent CNN Eatocracy article: Farmers aren’t evil. Now can we have a civil conversation? Here are a few worth sharing. HomeGrower: I made it easier for myself. I don’t have to hold a dialogue with a farmer. I grow my produce sans GMO’s and chemicals and […]

Can we find civil food conversations online? | CNN Eatocracy

I don’t know about you, but I get pretty frustrated hen trying to have a conversation, but can’t wade through all of the mud that is being slung in the process. This happens a lot when trying to talk food and farming online. These are emotional topics and each side of the table tries to […]

Impact of drought through farmers’ voices on CNN

  Agriculture has had it rough in the eyes of the media during the past few years. With groups like PeTA and HSUS drumming up emotional topics and images with poultry and pork farming, it has been tough for farmers to get a positive voice in the conversation. Earlier this year, ABC News really hashed […]

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