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.
Dec 02, 2013
It’s Cyber Monday for retailers, and whether or not you’re a tech shopper, you might want to see this. Amazon announced the have a new way to deliver your packages – an unmanned drone. You simply place your order, and within minutes (OK, maybe a few hours depending on where you live) a mini-helicopter looking device lands on your front porch with your package in tow. Don’t get too excited yet. Shipping via drone is not available currently, but Amazon says to look for the technology in the near future. The FAA is prepping as well with new regulations for drones.
You can read all about it or see it in action. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could order animal health products via drone? Say you’re a few doses of vaccine short, so you call up the supplier, give them your GPS coordinates and soon (hopefully AFTER you have the cattle gathered) a friendly drone drops off your order in the pasture.
Brown Bag It
Head's up! You better pack a lunch on Thursday if you like to dine on fast food. It seems the wage hike strike is back again, and this time cities like Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I., and Pittsburgh are joining in for the first time. This week’s protest is expected to be larger than the August 29 protest and will be joined by numerous community, faith and student groups.
We’ve shared a few of these before, but in case you missed them, here’s another story of a South Dakota family receiving replacement heifers from Heifers for South Dakota. It’s nearing the end of the calendar year, and if you’re looking to make some donations, information on this project can be found here.
Still looking for a gift for someone who has everything? How about bringing a little bit of "So God Made A Farmer" to their living room. Ram Trucks is releasing a photography book titled "The Farmer In All of Us: An American Portrait." The 300-page coffee table book is the comprehensive collection of images that were commissioned for the television commercial. Buying the book also backs a contribution by Ram Truck to the National FFA Organization. The book is available online now, but won’t be in stores until late spring 2014.
Highly Anticipated News
And, just because we know you’re dying to find out ... here’s an update on the oh-so-exciting-farm-bill.