Author: Ken Knight

The Humble Hamburger: A Great American Icon

The recent 4th of July celebration is just another reminder of our freedoms and contributions of this great country of ours. Both are often taken for granted. We wake up in the morning and just assume it’s safe to walk out the front door, and that there will be food on the table when we walk back through that door at the end of a long day’s hard work. Have you ever noticed that about nine times out of ten there will be meat on the table, and hamburger is the meat of choice most often? There are more...

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County Fairs: Still the Biggest ‘Show’ on Earth

For farmers and ranchers, the county fair is the greatest show on earth — nearly 3000 fairs occupying more than a quarter million acres. Maybe the county fair in your county has shrunk in size, but when combined with others across the country it’s still quite a show that you guys put on. No other industrialized country even compares, and no industry is even close to being showcased like that of agriculture. So with 4-H being the centerpiece, it embodies the spirit of farming and ranching like none other. Having participated in most of the major livestock shows around the country...

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Amazing Acts of Kindness Brings Promise, Possibilities, and Hope

The March 2017 Knightro Report entitled “Country Angels: A True Miracle That Touched Many Lives” was dedicated to my granddaughter, Breanna Kinneman, who lost both of legs in a tragic car accident just before Thanksgiving 2016. Because of the tremendous response, I would like to rededicate this column as a tribute to all those that gave of themselves and their resources. How do you say THANK YOU to thousands of people who gave tens of thousands of dollars to a cause greater than that of themselves? There just simply isn’t a way to contact every single contributor or adequately...

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Is ‘Pork Texas’ What the Industry is Looking For?

The pork industry continues to get bombarded by animal rights activists and healthier consumer advocates who want the pork produced as Mother Nature intended. This demand presents an investment opportunity that begs for attention. As I was watching national TV news the other night, I was shocked to hear of yet another major player in the pork industry succumbing to the pressures of animal rights fanatics. Hormel announced that it would no longer accept hogs from one of their major suppliers in Oklahoma because of inhumane treatment of hogs. The pig farm had been under surveillance by an animal...

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Could the Livestock Industry Succumb to Animal Rights Activists?

When do the rights of a few uninformed, misguided, malcontents take precedence over scientifically proven animal husbandry practices? Animal science has come a long way in the development of production practices that have dramatically improved the efficiencies and welfare of livestock production. Yet, with total disregard for all of these accomplishments, the food industry is succumbing to the whims of a few radicals. Please don’t let congress decree animal welfare standards for all livestock farmers. It would be a dangerous precedent for an industry that has been built on scientific research. Let’s not throw the baby out with the...

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