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John Carter in Beef State

Beef State

2008 NR

Clean water and abundant grasslands lured the cattle industry to Nebraska -- and true grit and epic struggle have kept it there. This engrossing PBS special looks at both in its examination of the industry that put the "beef" in the Beef State. Historians and cattlemen offer insight into a business that began with the first cattle drives into Nebraska and continues today, having survived wars, blizzards and Americans' changing appetites.