BeefCast update for February 18, 2010, Steve Foglesong is Optimistic New President of National Cattlemen's Beef Association

For those of us in the cow-calf segment of the beef industry, this time of year is always exciting. Many of us are in the midst of our Spring calving season.

In spite of the challenges the weather conditions have brought during these early months of the year, it is always amazing to witness the vigor of newborn calves as they plow through a foot of snow. That resilience is certainly something to step back and take notice of. And even mirror in the way that we approach the tasks and hurdles of our daily lives.

BeefCast® Conversations

NCBA's New Prez is Optimistic

MP3 fileSteve Foglesong is an optimistic new president of National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Current market trends for boxed beef, fed and feeder cattle

MP3 fileJim Robb, Director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, paints the picture of the current and future outlook for the feeder cattle, fed cattle and boxed beef markets.

Agriculture Telling its Story With Social Media

Farming Your Online Community: Social Networks and Beyond Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp., says "If you do not learn how to use social media to tell your story in agriculture, others will, and possibly already are!"

Food Consumer Insight Panel #Foodchat brought together four non-agricultural food consumers to share their thoughts on issues and concerns on food and its production. This was an opportunity for those in agriculture to listen.

Farmers and Ranchers Are Using New / Social Media FollowFarmer has a set of curated set of Twitter based agricultural participants. And here are a few beef focused professionals using social media to tell their story.

BeefCast® Headliners

Dr. Ronald Lemenager, the BeefBlog

Link to blogWhat the hell are you feeding us? Stories of this ilk are included in The Beef Blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Meggie Foster

Link to blogFeeding consumers with what they want to hear With recent national media reports painting grim pictures of the dairy industry and the use of antibiotics in farm animals, it seems the agriculture community has become a serious target in media circles run by the likes of CBS Evening News Correspondent Katie Couric. And whether we like it or not, Couric is a 
strong voice in millions of family homes across the United States, 
unfortunately she is sure to make an impact on consumers choices.

BeefCast® Conference Connection

Cattle Industry Annual Convention

MP3 fileWhat does it take to be the National Stocker of the Year? Leo Hollinger, of Hollinger Cattle Co. and this year's National Stocker of the Year Award Winner, provides his perspective on finding success in the stocker segment.

MP3 fileAn Interactive Debate with Industry Leaders The grassroots beef producers from across the country engage in an industry issues debate with various industry leaders about the current state and future of our business. Part 1 and Part 2.

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Trent Fredenburg
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