Choice Cuts, part 4: Many U.S. consumers are starting to cut back on meat as health experts learn more about the risk of a diet high in proteins from meat. That leaves farmers and ranchers to raise meat animals with health-conscious meat-eaters in mind.
Choice Cuts, Part 2: The modern meat industry is built on the ability to find cheap feed made mostly from corn and soybeans. In that way, the U.S. Corn Belt forms the backbone of your burgers, pork chops and chicken fillets.
Wet spring and summer rains soaked much of the High Plains this year. The Platte River, which runs through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska before emptying into the Missouri River, saw historic flooding.