The R-CALF USA Round Up
Moving Forward Our Knowledge

Moving Forward Our Knowledge

May 16, 2022

Cattle producers around the country are feeling the squeeze as the cattle market fails to give them competitive prices for their cattle month after month. Why is the market like this? How do we improve it? We visited with Georgetown professor and economist Nathan Miller to discuss just that.  

 

Read Nathan Miller's ongoing study "Buyer Power in the Beef Packing Industry: An Update on Research in Progress": https://www.r-calfusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/220331-cattlemarkets.pdf

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

May 2, 2022

Vertical integration, consolidation, monopolies, all phrases and realities American ranchers are becoming very familiar with. In 2014, the Meat Racket hit bookshelves around the country and brought to light the monopoly-dominated structure of the American meat industry. We sat down with the author Christopher Leonard, to discuss his research, consolidation of the meat industry and how the industry has changed just 8 years later. 

 

Show Notes: 

-Listen to Leonard's 2021 Yale Antitrust Conference presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkZN3CMN8sc

-Read the Meat Racket: http://www.christopherleonard.biz/books/the-meat-racket.html

Addressing MCOOL’s Bogeyman

Addressing MCOOL’s Bogeyman

April 27, 2022

Addressing MCOOL’s Bogeyman    

April 27, 2022

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

April 19, 2022

With the future of the American cattle industry hanging in the balance and the loss of over half a million cattle producers since 1980, it's clear something has to change. What can we do to help bring back profitability and the beauty of the American cattle industry? How can we learn from the downfalls of the hog and chicken industries? We sat down to talk current legislation, competition, vertical integration, and a changing cattle industry with generational Iowa cattle feeder and R-CALF USA Vice President Eric Nelson.  

What a Terrible Mess We’re In

What a Terrible Mess We’re In

April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022-The Weekly Address with Bill Bullard 

Americanism and Antitrust, Then and Now

Americanism and Antitrust, Then and Now

April 4, 2022

Antitrust is legislation preventing or controlling trusts or other monopolies and works to promote competition in business. In 2019, R-CALF USA filed a historic class-action lawsuit against the Big 4 meat packers. A prime example of how R-CALF USA is aggressive in all three branches of the United States government, but also a prime example of antitrust law at work.  Today we sit down with antitrust expert professor Thomas Horton to discuss Americanism and antitrust with a focus on the cattle industry. Professor Horton was the incredibly popular keynote speaker at the 2021 R-CALF convention, you’ll want to tune into this episode!  

 

Prof. Horton's 2021 Convention presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrIGwQpOdAI&t=914s

Returning to the Ranch

Returning to the Ranch

March 21, 2022

Today it is becoming more and more common for kids to not return to the ranch as adults. Why are kids not returning to the ranch? What are some of the struggles young ranchers are facing? What are the next generation's thoughts on hot button industry topics like the checkoff? Why should young ranchers be involved in the conversation? We answer these questions and more with two young ranchers, Clare and Patrice. 

Food Fight: Academicians at Odds

Food Fight: Academicians at Odds

March 9, 2022

March 9, 2022

 

For the People, By the People

For the People, By the People

March 7, 2022

One of the greatest powers we have as American citizens is the power to elect those who represent us on a local, state and national level. Our government being for the people, by the people we also have the power to be citizen lobbyists for ourselves and our neighbors to encourage those elected officials to support or not support various issues that affect our communities. On today’s episode, we talk to Jim Selchert of South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds’ office on how to be a citizen lobbyist and how you can affect the laws and discussions happening on a national level.  

Cattle Econ 101 for Dummies

Cattle Econ 101 for Dummies

March 3, 2022

This week’s episode contrasts the market reactions between crude oil and corn prices caused by the Ukraine invasion.

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