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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Navigating Choppy Waters

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

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

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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