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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 …
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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, …
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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, …
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The Little Industry That Could
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Guest Blog By Ken Klemm   I think I can, I think I can.  I think I can, I think I can.  I know I can, I know I can!  So goes the signature lines from the classic children’s storybook, The Little Engine That Could. We in the bison industry are a LOT like that …
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Reading the COVID Assistance Tea Leaves
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It’s been a little over a week since producers and organizations that were excluded from the initial round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program were able to file comments with USDA requesting that they be covered in the second round of assistance. NBA Assistant Director Jim Matheson and I have fielded numerous emails and phone …
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