Beef Roundtable: The serious side of being funny

Being funny is one thing. Doing it for a living is something else.

The Beef Roundtable spends most of the year dealing with serious topics like disasters, succession planning and how the political landscape is affecting our businesses. However, with the holiday season, we thought we would lighten things up on this month’s program and explore the humorous side of agriculture.

Welcome to the holiday edition of the Beef Roundtable. Our guests are two velry funny guys, both of whom are farmers and ranchers in addition to being comics.; And, as you’d expect, they’re very good at seeing the funny side of agriculture.

Our first guest is Damian Mason, an entertaining and informative speaker with a message for the people of agriculture. Like many children of agriculture, he was involved in FFA and was a 10-year 4-H member. Damian has a degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He has also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City in Chicago. When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori, or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.

Our second guest is Tim Moffett, who is not a politician or a salesman.  And he’s definitely not a motivational speaker. Tim has been partners for 30 years with his brother in a dairy farm as well as a cow-calf beef operation in Florida. For the last 16 years, Tim has been a stand-up comedian. Tim travels the U.S. and Canada performing stand-up comedy at all types of agriculture-related events, conventions and county fairs. Tim writes a monthly humorous column in Progressive Dairyman magazine rightfully named “The Manure Spreader.” 

The Beef Roundtable is a joint project with BEEF and Purdue University. It’s a monthly video podcast that features some of the top leaders in the beef industry co-hosted by Ron Lemenager, Extension beef specialist at Purdue University and BEEF Senior Editor Burt Rutherford.

In addition to being available on, the sessions can be viewed at, on the Beef Roundtable YouTube channel and iTunes.

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