Grazing the Net
Greg Henderson and Friends
Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining.
Money’s No Object
Dec 27, 2013
If you needed proof that plenty of American's have more money than sense, consider there's now a burger called the M.N.O. Burger, which stands for Money's No Object. Adam Fleishman launched Umami Burger in 2009 with the idea that folks would pay up for a better burger. Umami Burgers are infused with secret ingredients with umami properties that give the burgers a unique flavor. And, unlike most burger restaurants, Umami has a waiter service and a full bar. Umami's latest offering, the M.N.O. Burger, features Wygyu beef topped with a port reduction and freshly shaved white truffles. The price? $65! A foie gras topping costs an extra $10. Crazy, you say? That's what we think, too, but Umami now has 22 locations. But don't look for the restaurants in Omaha or Little Rock. They're only found in New York and California.
Our List of Lists
Congress is on recess, the president is vacationing in Hawaii and newsgatherers are frantically searching for stories to fill newspapers and web sites. Year-end lists are the filler of choice for many editors, and this year has provided a bucket full. We thought about creating a list of the best and worst year end lists, but that would seem like we're just creating copy to fill a hole. Here's a sample of the year-end lists that caught our attention.
Go Ahead, Make Our Day
The cool thing about this Internet gig is that it allows you, the readers, to provide instant feedback. Well, most of the time it's cool. Sometimes the feedback is none too complimentary. We've been called liberal, conservative and lots of other things meant as insults that are unprintable here. Still, whether you agree with us or not, we appreciate hearing from you--it makes our day! And we're not the only ones that appreciate a little feedback. Ag columnist Alan Geubert keeps a file in his desk with some of what he calls "acidic" reader responses.
China's GMO Politics
Rejection of about 2,000 metric tons of U.S. dried distillers grains (DDGs) by Chinese officials over the detection of a GMO strain could mean a year-end discounts for other buyers in the region. Farm Journal's Nate Birt calls this latest export escapade "China's Corn Export Hokey-Pokey," and his sources suggest the news may not be as bad as it sounds for U.S. growers. The GMO strain, MIR 162 developed by Syngenta AG, has already been approved by Japan, South Korea and the European Union. Suspicions of politics were raised by the Chinese decision to reject U.S. corn containing MIR 162 by the fact they accepted a shipment from Argentina earlier this year that contained the same GMO strain. And, traders say they expect China to approve the strain for all shipments later in 2014.