Cattle in holding pens at the Simplot feedlot located next to a slaughterhouse in Burbank, Washington on Dec. 26, 2013. Merck & Co Inc is testing lower dosages of its controversial cattle growth drug Zilmax drug in an effort to resume its sales to the $44 billion U.S. beef industry. Ross Courtney/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Black Angus cattle in pens outside the sale barn at 44 Farms, a 3,000-acre ranch in Cameron, Texas. The cattle were on display for bidders ahead of 44 Farms' fall auction in October. Andrew Schneider/Houston Public Media hide caption

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No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

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Researchers say there's plenty the beef industry can do to use less land and water and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions. But producers may need to charge a premium to make those changes. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Meat is displayed in a case at a grocery store in Miami in July. Pork and beef prices are up more than 11 percent since last summer. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter

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Cattle rancher Sharon Harvat says she's worried about how the Brazilian beef imports will impact her business. Luke Runyon/NPR hide caption

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Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

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Legume Chef Trevett Hooper and butcher Tyler Mossman with large beef cuts in the restaurant's kitchen. Ashley Rose/Courtesy of Trevett Hooper hide caption

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Ranch-To-Table Trend Has Some Diners Asking: Where's The Steak?

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Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

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Shoulder clod is a less expensive cut of meat that's tougher and needs a little more time to cook. AlisonBlair2 /Flickr hide caption

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Record Beef Prices May Lead Grillers To Cheaper Cuts Of Meat

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Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company has promised to start buying "verified sustainable beef" in 2016. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Patricia Whisnant, who runs Rain Crow Ranch in Doniphan, Mo., says her grass-fed beef can compete with the Australian product because it has a better story American consumers can connect with. Courtesy of Rain Crow Ranch hide caption

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Why Lots Of Grass-Fed Beef Sold In U.S. Comes From Down Under

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A pen at a feedlot in central Kansas that houses 30,000 cattle. Feedlots are where cattle are "finished" before slaughter, often with the use of growth-promoting drugs like zilpaterol. Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

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With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest levels since the 1950s and corn feed prices on the rise, beef prices are on the rise. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

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NBO3 launched its enriched ground beef at the Tops grocery chain in New York in March. Courtesy of NBO3 hide caption

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Sarah Hallacher swirled in white clay with red to mimic the fat marbling, just like you see in prime cuts of meat. Courtesy of Sarah Hallacher hide caption

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Think your prime rib holiday dinner is more pricey this year? You're right. But maybe not for the reason you think. Todd Patterson/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Drought, Economics And Your Holiday Feast

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Lean, finely textured beef, dubbed "pink slime" by critics, is frozen on a large drum as part of its manufacturing process at the Beef Products Inc.'s plant in S. Sioux City, Neb. in March. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Argentina has long been famous for its grilled beef. But that beef isn't what it was. Galina Barskaya/iStockPhoto.com hide caption

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