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Monday, August 15, 2022
Better Than Nuthin'
It was a lot of fun this past week to spend time with former Oklahoma radio and TV farm broadcaster Ken Root on his current Podcast project called Better Than Nuthin. He wanted to talk with me about drought conditions in our part of the world and beef cattle stuff beyond that.

This may be worth a listen just to remember the days when you heard or saw Ken on WKY Radio and KTVY Channel 4 in Oklahoma City- as a part of the team that was led by the legendary Russell Pierson!

Here's his description of our conversation:

"When you consume a steak or hamburger, you are biting into an industry that is as much politics as beef. It is also a huge part of the rural economy across the plains and cornbelt.  

"I have known Ron Hays for over forty years. He is the consummate livestock reporter. He began as a radio farm broadcaster but his communications platforms are now on radio and internet. Ron knows the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) from the inside out. He also knows the workings of the beef packing industry.

"We talk about the current drought in the Southern Plains and then wade into the price disparities in cattle and beef prices. We also explore NCBA politics. He knows it all and a half hour of your time will give you Ron's take on whether small beef slaughter plants are going to be good for cattle producers and why the politics of the beef industry continue to be like a range war."

You can search for it where you get your podcasts- the link to this episode is below.

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