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The savior may be fake, but the money is real

By Joel McNair The headline above Timothy Egan’s column in the June 21 edition of The New York Times assured that “Fake Meat Will Save Us”. I was very relieved, as it seems that we do need saving, and the idea of a fake savior is appropriate for the age, I guess. Seriously, this was […]

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The fallacy of ‘feeding the world’

Most grain isn’t going to people by Allen Williams When you ask American farmers what they are doing on their farms, they will often tell you they are “feeding the world”. This is stated with considerable pride. We feel we are doing the world a huge favor through the sacrifices we make as farmers. We […]

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Price alone won’t solve our problems

By Joel McNair Many dairy farmers believe that low milk prices are the biggest danger to their livelihoods. For more than a few, the thought is that the best solution would be a Canadian-style supply management program to boost milk prices and keep them at profitable levels. I don’t buy all of the arguments for […]

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What to tell environmentalists about cows

Latest research shows that good grazing is good for the planet By Allen Williams and Russ Conser Somewhere along the road, cattle got a bad rap. Just when the fear that eating animal fats will kill you appears to be fading, concern is growing that cattle are intrinsically bad for the planet. So, it’s refreshing […]

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Doing what it takes to build soil health

Breitkreutzes up their game with covers and grazing Redwood Falls, Minnesota — Most cash grain growers in the Upper Midwest run big equipment across thousands of acres of GMO corn and soybeans and maybe — just maybe — feed out some of those crops to feedlot cattle or confinement hogs. Often it doesn’t get much […]

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What are fatty acids, and why are they important?

by Allen Williams, Ph.D. Meat and milk consumers are becoming increasingly interested in fatty acids and are asking lots of questions about what they are and why they are important. With that in mind, I’ll offer a relatively straightforward explanation that might help your understanding of fatty acids and better enable you to answer such […]

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