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Hot Topics On My Radar This Week

pasture-edit.jpg Readers often ask me how I come up with a different topic to blog about each day. While I will admit that some days are more challenging than others, I always tell folks that an afternoon spent outside with the cattle can usually provide an idea or two to talk about. The beef cattle industry is as challenging as it is diverse. The people within our business are the world's finest, and even though we may come from different areas, backgrounds and perspectives, there always seems to be new issues to chat about. Today, I have provided three such issues for discussion. Find out what's on my radar and add your two cents.

1. Border security. With ranches being taken away from families on American soil, I'm sure the agriculture industry can appreciate NCBA's new border security policy. For more information, check out the following BEEF resources: Outcry For Border Security Grows, Ranchers Along The Border Need More Protection and Ranchers Says Mexican Cartel Takeover Is True, Police Confirm Not A Hoax.

2. USDA's New Beginning Farmer Committee. The announcement of this committee indicates that many are recognizing the need to support young people as they make the necessary steps to pursue careers in production agriculture. BEEF magazine has a wealth of information on this topic. Read up on the next generation with Resources For Beginning Farmers/Ranchers, Passing It On, A Working LLC and Advice From An Ag Lender For Young Producers.

3. USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). I plan to attend a GIPSA listening session offered at DakotaFest in Mitchell, SD, this week. Until then, here are some great perspectives on this topic from BEEF: GIPSA Signals End To Value-Added Marketing, The GIPSA Debate Is Poised To Get Ugly and What's The Rush?