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5 beefy reasons lean meat should be in your diet

5 beefy reasons lean meat should be in your diet

By Mike Barnett

So we need to eat less red meat. That’s what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says.

That’s a group of “experts” who get together every five years and make recommendations on what Americans should and should not eat. Although there will be a public comment period with an opportunity to change, their conclusions are confusing. And a bit misleading.

The good news is you can drink more coffee, eat more eggs and don’t have to worry much about dietary cholesterol. The bad news is, while they said lean meat can be part of a healthy diet, they recommend eating less of it.

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The beef checkoff works for ranchers–every day

The beef checkoff works for ranchers–every day

By Dave Edmiston,

Chairman, Texas Beef Promotion and Research Council

The Texas beef checkoff has been passed and implemented and new dollars are funding our beef promotion and research efforts. Yet some individuals continue to spread misinformation when it comes to this self-help effort. Since most of the claims and arguments I hear against the Texas beef checkoff are false or misleading, I’d like the truth to be out there.

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EPA rule withdrawal only a tiny step

EPA rule withdrawal only a tiny step

By Gene Hall

Some agencies of the federal government have learned that a “carrot and stick” approach often works. Proposed changes in the Clean Water Act by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amount to “stick and bigger stick.”

Sometimes you see the “carrot” in enforcement of the Endangered Species Act. Things like Safe Harbor and habitat mitigation mean having a species does not force landowners out of business. Then, other things become possible.

The EPA will move forward with a vast expansion of the agency’s regulatory power with changes in the Clean Water Act. Perhaps as an olive branch, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced the withdrawal of their waters of the U.S. “interpretive rule.”

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5 reasons to be an ag grad

5 reasons to be an ag grad

By Mike Barnett

Spring is closing in fast and thoughts of high school juniors and seniors turn to the future. Many will go to college. And many have no clue what to study.

That’s okay. It’s hard to decide at age 18 what to do with your life. It was the same for me. I was two years into college before I decided to pursue a degree in agriculture.

I have no regrets. Agriculture has been good to me. And it can be good for you. Maybe you should consider being an ag grad.

Here are five reasons why:

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Biotech is here to stay, in medicine and food

Biotech is here to stay, in medicine and food

By Gene Hall

When we go to the doctor, we tend to listen, aware of the training, knowledge and expertise behind those letters.

“M.D.” We say, “Make me well.”

It would never occur to us to say, “Make me well the way doctors did three generations ago.” Medicine’s come a long way since then.

Biotech research in cows has yielded positive results in changing the properties of milk for human consumption.
It may be possible to cure deadly diseases as a result of similar bovine genome research.

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Food fear could lead to out-of-control labeling

Food fear could lead to out-of-control labeling

By Mike Barnett

Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on food containing DNA.”

So says a recent survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture Economics, as reported by The Washington Post. And it’s the same numbers that support labeling of GMO foods.

According to Oklahoma State Economist Jayson Lusk, a government-imposed label on foods containing DNA might look something like this:

WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both humans and animals. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.

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