Back to the Future (Farmers of America)

Back to the Future (Farmers of America) NBA Blog, by Jim Matheson, Executive Director   The National Bison Association’s (NBA) program manager, Lydia Whitman, myself, and a few dedicated volunteers will return to Indianapolis, IN for the National FFA (historically known as the Future Farmers of America) convention after a two-year, COVID-induced hiatus from the …
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A Small Fish in a Big Pond

A Small Fish in a Big Pond NBA Blog, by Jim Matheson, Executive Director   A small fish in a big pond. OK, maybe not the best analogy for a bison – the largest land mammal in North America, but hear me out… Last week the National Bison Association (NBA) made our annual pilgrimage to …
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It Takes a Village (of dedicated, passionate helpers)

As many of you know, the National Bison Association (NBA) is currently undergoing a significant organizational transition, the likes of which we haven’t seen in over 20 years. With the departure of longtime Executive Director Dave Carter, as well as its Director of Development, Eloise Mongillo, in May, the NBA has been working double-time to …
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Beyond the Buffalo Burger

Want to know a true bison taste-challenge? Try serving bison brisket in Texas. At the World Food Championships (WFC) no less. Talk about some discerning customers… That’s exactly what the National Bison Association did for three sunny November days in Dallas, TX. Working in collaboration with NBA member Benjamin Lee Bison (OK) and NBA President, …
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A Memo from Milan

Can Italians appreciate a buffalo that doesn’t provide mozzarella? I had an opportunity to explore that question this past week at the Tutto International Food Show in Milan, Italy. Tutto, which is held every two years in Milan, typically attracts more than 82,000 retailers, foodservice operators, distributors and other food industry professionals for a five-day …
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We Are All Part of the Conservation Community

Conservation. Years ago, terms like “conservation groups” and “conservation community” seemed to describe only organizations and individuals committed to protecting wildlife, plants and other resources on our public lands. In fact, policy debates often brought the conservation community into direct conflict with commercial bison producers. Some of those conflicts began to ease over the past …
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A Bison Moonshot

“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 …
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Perhaps a Road Best Not Travelled

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 …
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A Paycheck for Fighting Climate Change

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

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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