Abe's 'Third Arrow' Points to More Beef Imports
Jul 03, 2013
Japan's prime minister sees his country's protectionist beef policies as expendable. That may mean lower tariffs on U.S. product. Bloomberg News reports.
The Hard Truth About Political Clout
Politics is a game of give and take, as much take as possible, and something like 500 different ag-related groups are begging House Speaker John Boehner not to split food stamps from the farm bill. If you like subsidies for food, fiber and food-based fuel, you'll see their point.
But, as the New York Times points out this morning, what you like doesn't matter as much as it once did. The article says that only 40 members of the present Congress hail from ag-dominated districts.
HSUS Sues USDA Over Horse Slaughter
The animal rights group says there should be an environmental impact statement first.
The "Neighborhood" Meat House: A Franchise Opportunity?
Fox Business had a feature on The Meat House, a franchise of small groceries that call themselves your neighborhood butcher and market themselves as sourcing as much local produce as practical.
The Meat House website offers more information, including some on how to establish your own franchise.
A Sustainable Beef Hackathon*
Working with their extensive knowledge of the beef industry, these folks gathered to talk about ways they could, uh, "do something" about how the product is produced and marketed. Tyson, beware!
*For you dummies, Wikipedia says a hackathon is "an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects."
Help for Plainview's Cargill Out-of-Workers
Speaking of putting the big packers out of business, they plan a meeting in Plainview later this month to help the folks who used to work for the Cargill plant there.
Cows of Mass Destruction?
One seldom sees anything in the general media that does such a good job of defabricating the BSE scare as this column we found in Omaha.
The Perfect Burger for July 4th
We'll all be grilling tomorrow, won't we, and this advice on how to make it wonderful comes from Portland, Ore.
Water Wars: Rainwater No-no
In these states, you can't capture your own rain unless you've got water rights. We might try it, anyway.
Science Daily reports on a new molecule that may help ease the effects of drought stress.
Another Day, Another Indictment
This one is a bit tortured, but Fox News reports on a study indicating that the meat you eat today may modestly impact your risk of dying within eight years after being diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer.
ARS scientists say adding olive powder to ground meat reduces the number of pathogens in cooked meat.
Magic Theft Protection
In parts of Africa, you apparently don’t need one of those Texas special rustler rangers. You just hire a dude to cast a spell on your stock to keep them from getting stolen.