Sep 21, 2014
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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

Cityslicker Signs You Grew Up on a Farm

Feb 14, 2014

Looking for a lighter Friday fare, we stumbled across BuzzFeed's attempt to appease those of us with rural roots. We applaud the attempt, though we just can't resist pointing out a few errors in their "26 Signs You Grew Up On A Farm."

Number 3 on the list, for instance, about "ignoring angry honks when driving a tractor down the road," shows a young lady on the tractor seat wearing flip-flops. Opps! Flip-flops may be appropriate at the White House, but definitely unsafe on a tractor. Then there's the reference that "no gym will give you the same workout that lifting hay bales does." We agree, especially if we could lift that 1,200-pound round bale BuzzFeed shows in the accompanying photo. Thanks, BuzzFeed, an A for effort. But next time get a kid that actually grew up on a farm to look at this list and its photos before you post.

Nichols: Ahead of the Parade

There is no greater advocate for agriculture and the beef industry than Iowa's Dave Nichols. We were fortunate to meet him early in our career, and he was just as gracious to a cub reporter as he would have been to the governor of Iowa. Dr. Bob Hough wrote this excellent piece about Nichols' journey in building one of America’s premier seedstock operations, published by the Western Livestock Journal.

Food Security Realities and Solutions

Elanco president Jeff Simmons is an unabashed proponent of agricultural technologies and an advocate for farmer access to innovative tools to help feed a growing global population. Simmons introduced a new report, "Enough: The fight for a food secure tomorrow," during the "Feeding the World 2014" conference hosted by The Economist in London this week. Simmons says innovation, choice and trade will be the core solutions to tackle food security. As world population grows, billions of people will demand access to better diets, including meat, milk and eggs. "We are currently on the fast track to a crisis and a global shortage of basic foods," Simmons says. However, "we have—either available right now or in the pipeline—the technology that would enable us to meet consumer demand in 2050. But we need to give farmers the ability to access and utilize this technology and ensure that proven innovation and farm practices which maintain health and productivity are available for use."Simmons' call for technology is backed up by food security experts, including organizations such as Heifer International.

Caution: Crackerjack Journalists at Work

To say the The Huffington Post's blog "Food for Thought" has lowered the bar on journalistic integrity is an understatement. This week the blog painted an environmental bullseye squarely on hamburgers. "Producing one hamburger requires enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles," says HuffPo. And where did they get this information? Their crackerjack team of investigative journalists spent hours researching and uncovered this truth right there on PETA's website.

Yes, we know, shocking that PETA would disseminate propaganda about livestock production. HuffPo asks its readers to share their thoughts on their "statistics." We think that"s a grand idea – drop in here and tell HuffPo what you think of their anti-meat propaganda, and the reliability of PETA as a source of unbiased information.

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