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Who do you think you are?

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

The business of agriculture is getting it from all sides. Some folks liken farmers, ranchers and cattle feeders to monsters who are destroying the land and even more so the air. Society has a way of defining those involved in food production by what they do and not who they are. When someone asks us […] Read more

Eureka! At last, we have a renegotiated NAFTA

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

While it seems like forever to us, these kinds of diplomatic trade battles usually take several years to settle, not just a little over a year. Of course, President Trump wasn’t around before now, pushing people’s buttons and impatiently demanding results like a business tycoon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a major point that the […] Read more


Willing to ask

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

Author Naomi Klein wrote: “Politics hates a vacuum. If not filled with hope; someone will fill it with fear.” Many can likely relate to this statement in the current political environment. From American politics, specifically on trade and immigration — to pipeline threats and promises, the art of filling the vacuum with fear is alive […] Read more

U.S. President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally in Topeka, Kansas, on Oct. 6, 2018.

Down to the bitter end

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

I’ve talked to a lot of cattlemen across America in the last year. To a man, or woman, they are not comfortable with some of President Trump’s brash New York style. Of course, one has to remember how his business career forged him. He has dealt with wealthy, egotistical national and international property owners; tough […] Read more


Two economies, two theories

Free Market Reflections with Steve Dittmer

In May 1983’s G7 Summit, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl asked President Reagan to “Tell us about the American miracle.” Kohl was referring to America’s booming economy while the rest of the world was floundering. Reagan explained that cutting tax rates incentivized citizens and businesses, stimulated economic growth and eventually increased total tax return to the […] Read more

A recent study for one of the world’s largest beef companies found respondents indicate that an animal’s diet is directly related to food safety.

Carbon cut on beef

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

Will consumers want carbon-neutral and certified cared for beef? Will they determine those to be traits of safe food? Australia has set a goal of carbon-neutral meat production by the year 2030. The focus will be on trees and grasses that cover and sequester carbon for the nation’s 28 million head of cattle, 70.9 million […] Read more


Beyond the burger, how is the beef industry going to embrace the consumer in their community?

Casting a wider net

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

In the beef industries’ quest to align with “sustainable” I would question from a health and wellness perspective if delivering sustainable through a hamburger is considered socially responsible. Are we leading children towards obesity and a heavy reliance on carbohydrates through the promotion of fast food? Is the beef industry defying the consumers’ fear of […] Read more

It is our conversation today that shapes our tomorrow.

Changing the dialogue in agriculture

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

As a graduate student in global leadership, one thing is clear: all of humanity and all the actions of humanity centre around food. We cannot have peace without food. Nor can we progress, transfer knowledge, create communities or nurture growth. Economies fail and crisis prevails when food is uncertain or unattainable, governed or expensive, lacking […] Read more


If the 4.0 future is consumer-centralized, then what does the future of beef look like?

Beef economy 4.0

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

As we enter the fourth industrialized economy, known as 4.0, we must consider the role of the beef industry in the big picture. This includes asking the question of where beef sits with regard to the elements of 4.0, which are robotics, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, genomics, bioscience and the complexity of full digitalization and cyber […] Read more

Are consumers ready for non-meat burger lookalikes such as this, “Impossible Burger?

Ditching the red meat diet

Straight from the hip with Brenda Schoepp

Changing social dynamics are pressuring food, retail and research companies to offer plant- or cellular-based non-meats. Driving the consumption is a host of beliefs: Cows are bad for the environment, red meat is unhealthy, big food companies cannot be trusted (based on the concerns of animal welfare) and finally, folks are simply curious as to […] Read more