This weekend, BEEF Daily will be celebrating its one-year anniversary as an online resource for BEEF Magazine readers. On September 26, 2008, I wrote my first blog post introducing BEEF Daily as a brand new offering for today's beef cattle issues. As a college student and cattle producer, I was excited to chronicle my experiences and share my views on the agriculture industry, as I see it. In my first week of posting, I wrote:
This week marks the beginning of the BEEF Daily Blog. You may have read that I’m a South Dakota cattle producer and a college student. What you haven’t read is that I’m not afraid to dig into the big issues facing the industry today. I’m not scared to stand strong by my beliefs, and I’m not worried about blasting them to the world. I hope you will join me every Monday through Thursday as I dive into some of the hot topics of the agriculture industry today. Love me, or hate me; it’s not so important. What’s important is healthy discussion. So don’t hold back, let me have it. Only then, will we discover some of the vital truths about our industry’s issues.
Now, a year later, I'm still sharing my experiences and opinions, and I have discovered what a great resource the BEEF Daily readers have been for me. I have learned more from the comments, emails and letters from beef producers across the country than I ever anticipated, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. Together, every Monday through Thursday, we have discussed the big issues of the day: M-COOL, NAIS, Climate Change Bill, media lies, the presidential election, the next generation of food producers, the weather, the markets, Oprah's activities, celebrity vegetarians and more... Today, I thought I would take the opportunity today to highlight some of the most read and commented blog posts from the past year. Revisit the list of favorites, and leave your comments. It's never too late to add your voice to the discussion.
September 14, 2009: Who Cares About Cowboys Anymore?
August 20, 2009: BEEF Daily Summer Photography Contest Finalists!
July 27, 2009: Alert: Help Block Animal Rights Regulatory Czar
June 18, 2009: BEEF's NAIS Poll Stirring Up Opinions
May 12, 2009: Could We Be Regulated Out of Business?
April 16, 2009: Calling All Agriculture Testimonies
March 11, 2009: Spring Blizzard, Carrie Underwood & HSUS
February 5, 2009: Seven Things You Didn't Know About HSUS
January 19, 2009: Women In Blue Jeans
December 3, 2009: What College Kids Are Reading
November 25, 2009: Winter Wonderland
October 25, 2009: When Oprah Speaks, The World Listens...And That's The Problem
September 29, 2009: Agriculture and Politics
Thanks again to the dedicated BEEF readers who have helped make the BEEF Daily project a true success! Cheers to this first anniversary! I'm looking forward to many more to come! -Amanda Nolz, BEEF Daily Editor
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