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Beef industry issues according to kids

Amanda Nolz

Escalating input costs, skyrocketing land prices and a suffering economy are all factors wreaking havoc on the beef industry these days. Because of these challenges, every day an increasing number of established ranchers are forced out of business, ending a long history of beef cattle production for many families. While the future of agriculture may not always look bright, young people in rural America are still as enthusiastic as ever in their future roles in the agriculture industry. So, how do these kids see the challenges facing the agriculture industry today? More importantly, what are they going to do about it?

Over 400 head of Simmental cattle lined the aisles of the barns in Columbus, IN on June 27-July 3, 2009 for the 2009 American Jr. Simmental National Classic. With over 260 youth exhibitors, this national event is the biggest event on record in the breed’s history. As the week passed by, these young people in agriculture made lasting memories while showing their calves, meeting new friends and competing in contests. One of these contests was the public speaking event, and the best and brightest showed up to discuss the big issues facing the beef industry today.

Escalating input costs, skyrocketing land prices and a suffering economy are all factors wreaking havoc on the beef industry these days. Because of these challenges, every day an increasing number of established ranchers are forced out of business, ending a long history of beef cattle production for many families. While the future of agriculture may not always look bright, young people in rural America are still as enthusiastic as ever in their future roles in the agriculture industry. So, how do these kids see the challenges facing the agriculture industry today? More importantly, what are they going to do about it?

Over 400 head of Simmental cattle lined the aisles of the barns in Columbus, IN on June 27-July 3, 2009 for the 2009 American Jr. Simmental National Classic. With over 260 youth exhibitors, this national event is the biggest event on record in the breed’s history. As the week passed by, these young people in agriculture made lasting memories while showing their calves, meeting new friends and competing in contests. One of these contests was the public speaking event, and the best and brightest showed up to discuss the big issues facing the beef industry today.

Escalating input costs, skyrocketing land prices and a suffering economy are all factors wreaking havoc on the beef industry these days. Because of these challenges, every day an increasing number of established ranchers are forced out of business, ending a long history of beef cattle production for many families. While the future of agriculture may not always look bright, young people in rural America are still as enthusiastic as ever in their future roles in the agriculture industry. So, how do these kids see the challenges facing the agriculture industry today? More importantly, what are they going to do about it?

Over 400 head of Simmental cattle lined the aisles of the barns in Columbus, IN on June 27-July 3, 2009 for the 2009 American Jr. Simmental National Classic. With over 260 youth exhibitors, this national event is the biggest event on record in the breed’s history. As the week passed by, these young people in agriculture made lasting memories while showing their calves, meeting new friends and competing in contests. One of these contests was the public speaking event, and the best and brightest showed up to discuss the big issues facing the beef industry today.

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