• Josh Flint

    St. Louis Rams Fall Victim to Buzzword Agriculture

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 4, 2014

    The Rams are not exactly the most beloved team in St. Louis. First off, they suffer from not being the Cardinals. Second, their stadium reminds me of a massive basement. It has zero character. Then there was the unceremonious release of Kurt Warner for (I bet you don’t remember his name) Marc Bulger. That brings me to the present situation. Sam Bradford is hurt, again. Perhaps more importantly, it seems the Rams overpaid for the Sooner quarterback. And yet the Rams have given me one…

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    My Top Three Beef Grilling Recipes

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     by Josh Flint
     on May 2, 2014

    It’s grilling season. And, as Holly Spangler pointed out in her recent blog, May is Beef Month. What a great time to share my top three beef grilling recipes. First off, here are a few tips. If you haven’t done it, invest in a quality meat thermometer. Nothing is worse than buying $50 worth of quality steaks only to over or under cook them. Plus, if you’re having guests, it takes the pressure off the grill master. Remember, an internal temp around 130 degrees F is rare…

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    Why I Love the Farm Progress Show

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 28, 2012

    I love the Farm Progress Show. Within three days, I get to see more new products and ideas than I do the rest of the year. Just try walking the show grounds without getting excited about this industry. Your chest just puffs up with pride. When you're part of an industry that feeds the world every day, it’s contagious. I love it even more when I see new ideas implemented on a successful farm. This evening, I witnessed just such a scenario at beef producer (and Wallaces Farmer Master…

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    Walmart Commercial Misses the Mark, Barely

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 15, 2012

    Have you seen the Walmart “steak over” commercial? If not, check out the video below. I first saw this during NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage. Clearly Walmart spent a pretty penny to put this in front of viewers. I love it; and I hate it. Let’s discuss the love part first. I love how the mega-retailer is associating quality beef with value. I’ve long been a fan of delicious red meat at a bargain price. If you’re into grass-fed, hand-massaged…

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    Mourning the Loss of Maralee Johnson

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     by Josh Flint
     on March 23, 2012

    There are certain people in this world who have the rare ability to put a smile on your face, regardless of the situation. Maralee Johnson was one of them. Her leadership at the Illinois Beef Association made it feel less like an association and more like a family. This was fitting, since most Illinois cattlemen would probably agree it's less of a business endeavor and more of a family affair. One of my favorite days on the job was serving up "beef sundaes" at the Illinois Beef…

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    Learning to Speak the Language of Consumers

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     by Josh Flint
     on October 20, 2010

      Last night, I had an epiphany. When debating the economics of organic, sustainable, green, or (insert buzzword here) food production, we’re speaking the wrong language. When consumers hit me up with their activist food production spiel, I always respond with, “Yeah, but how much are you willing to pay for ground beef?” In discussing it with my wife, I realized a lot of folks don’t know what a reasonable price for ground beef is. Sure, the moms of the world…

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    "Outrage" Only Begins To Describe My Feelings On This

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     by Josh Flint
     on April 20, 2010

    Since President Obama took office, many farmers have felt the U.S. EPA has been out to get them.   As justification, most point to their seemingly endless expansion of power in the name of cleaning up production agriculture. Discussing things such as a flatulence tax for livestock farms seemed laughable at first.   As these "world changers" kept pushing for cleaner this and that, at the expense of ag, we got a little worried. Well, now we've got a big reason to be scared…

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    USDA Regroups on NAIS

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 12, 2010

    It's back to the drawing board for the National Animal Identification System. Last week, ag secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA will make sweeping changes to NAIS.   In particular, it seems the only time animals need i.d. is when they move across state lines. Also, there's no longer any mention of premises registration. However, two common themes remain: disease traceback and state implementation.   From the start, NAIS measures have drawn the most ire from beef producers, who would be…

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    Traditional Versus Factory Farms

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     by Josh Flint
     on November 11, 2009

    This whole condemnation of technology within farming practices is getting out of hand.   Today, I read an Op-Ed piece from the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/opinion/31niman.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&emc=etal). The use of the word "traditional" immediately jumped off the page and raised my blood pressure. Essentially, the author uses "traditional" as the antithesis of "factory farm." Thus, if you have cows on pasture, you're traditional. If you operate a CAFO, you're…

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    Finding the Humor in Honesty

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 1, 2009

    It seems true life is always funnier than fiction. Case in point: I'm still laughing about something that happened last week. I was at the Master of Beef Advocacy graduation session in Collinsville, Ill. Daren Williams, the program coordinator with National Cattlemen's Beef Association, was explaining how to be advocates for beef in everyday life. Early on, Williams asked the class if we knew someone who was a practicing vegetarian. Theo Graff was one of the only students who didn't know a…

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