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Diary of a Mad Cow by Lee Pitts

In a recent letter to its members the NCBA explained why ranchers have enjoyed good times the past couple years. “Economists around this country agree that the cattle prices we have experienced for many months now, prices that began to climb before the Canadian border closure, is the result of two things: tremendous growth in consumer demand and the cattle cycle. A trade association can do little if nothing to affect the cattle cycle, but when it comes to beef demand it is clear the checkoff-funded efforts, many of which are managed by NCBA, have contributed considerably to increasing demand, which is defined as consumers´ willingness to pay increasing prices even as supplies increase.… Read the rest


Political Science by Lee Pitts

On her way out the door to take a job with the UN´s UNICEF, Outgoing Ag Secretary Ann Veneman said she saw no reason to delay reopening the U.S. border to Canadian cattle. “Unless the investigation turns up something that is drastically different than the assumptions that were made in putting together the rule, I wouldn´t see a reason to change it,” she said.


Ah-hah! If you reread Veneman´s parting remarks you´ll notice that she admitted that the USDA based their rule to reopen the border on ASSUMPTIONS.… Read the rest