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A Bison Moonshot
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“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” Nearly every schoolchild learns that phrase, and a few of us have been around long enough to remember watching the grainy television images as Neil Armstrong uttered those historic words while stepping onto lunar soil in 1969. I thought about those words the other … Continued


Perhaps a Road Best Not Travelled
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As genetic engineering capabilities vault forward, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently initiated the steps to start developing regulations governing the production of genetically modified animals, and the meat they produce. The advance public input process undertaken by APHIS presumes that meat from genetically engineered animals will soon ben headed to retail … Continued


A Paycheck for Fighting Climate Change
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Years ago, farmers in the European Union coined the term “multifunctional” to describe agriculture’s role in society. As one French farmer explained to me, “We produce so much more than simply food and fiber commodities. We protect healthy soils and watershed, provide wildlife habitat, and create the open spaces that the public enjoys. Why do … Continued


Wildlife Among the Petri Dishes
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A couple of news articles caught my attention in recent weeks. First was a story headlined, “Plant Based Diets Crucial to Saving Global Wildlife.” A few days later, my newsfeed carried a story on the assertion by Bill Gates that eating lab-grown meat was an important step to addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity. Then, … Continued


Navigating Choppy Waters
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Last year began with more than 600 bison ranchers, marketers and enthusiasts gathering in Denver, CO to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Bison Association. There was a lot to celebrate: The bison business had enjoyed a decade-long run of steadily increasing market prices and producer profitability. The cooperation between the National Bison Association, … Continued