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.
Are the Great Plains the Next “Great American Desert”?
Aug 21, 2013
That’s what TheTrumpet.com is calling it. This news outlet is focused on how current events are fulfilling the biblical prophecy, but we admit the facts are there--the Ogallala Aquifer is being depleted. According to the article, the USDA says its conservation efforts are "mostly designed to delay the inevitable since the recharge rate for the Ogallala Aquifer is small enough to be considered negligible."
Debates Ongoing on Wolf Reintroduction
The constant battle between wildlife officials and cattlemen over wolves is continuing in Arizona, according to the Kingman Daily Miner and Arizona Daily Sun. The Mohave County Board of Supervisors wants to be involved in the federal study of the Mexican gray wolf, but they do not support the feds plan to expand the territory. Meanwhile, the Daily Sun says editors believe "Flagstaff residents can provide a significant voice in restoring this ecologically critical, charismatic creature to its rightful place in northern Arizona." We think that’s a great idea. They are welcome to keep them in their backyards.
The Miner has more on this latest round of a fight nobody ever wins.
And the Sun has a clearly biased take on it from a "conservation director."
Obama Supports Republicans on Immigration ... Sort Of
Organizing for Action, which is an "offshoot of President Obama’s campaign committee is supporting Republicans," says the Washington Post. OFA backs a legal path to citizenship and has been publicly supporting those who do as well, even if they are republicans, like Rep. Paul Ryan and five others.
AQHA Not Only Has to Register Clones, Also Pay Up
According to Globe News, U.S. District Judge Robinson ruled the American Quarter Horse Association must pay the nearly $900,000 in legal fees for the plaintiffs in the cloning lawsuit, according to the Amarillo Globe News. Also, "Robinson has told attorneys in the case she will issue an order requiring the AQHA to register clones, but the parties are still sparring over the legal language in the judge's proposed order on the cloning issue." An appeal sounds likely. FoxNews also sheds some light on the issue, we’ll forgive them for using Thoroughbred examples.
Good News For Plainview
After halting production in January, the Plainview, Texas, ethanol plant White Energy will resume operations in October, says the Amarillo Globe News. That’s good news for the town and surrounding area, which has been struggling with high unemployment since the first of the year when Cargill closed its doors, laying off 2,200 employees. White Energy is hiring about 39 employees, which is relatively small, but will definitely help.
Chevy Needs Animal Science 101
Chevrolet is taking some heat for a commercial featuring a rancher looking for a lost calf. The idea is a great one--but the calf is a Holstein. We give props to Chevy for trying to appeal to ranchers. Sure, it would have been better if they’d used a little black baldy calf or a red calf. Lord knows they probably would have been less cooperative, though. It is, after all, the thought that counts, right?