Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses...Or Not?
Jun 24, 2013
On the heels of the failed farm bill, the immigration debate is now bubbling to the surface. Isn’t it interesting that the Senate is confident that the "Gang of Eight’s" hard work will pass, while others, such as Fox News, predict it’s DOA in the House? Public opinion is what’s really interesting—there is a majority in favor of both sides, according to USA Today. Not much has been mentioned lately in the mainstream media about the debate and how it could affect agriculture. The bill could be voted on this afternoon.
And just for grins, here’s Politico’s take on why the farm bill failed.
Fewer to Feed and Fewer to Harvest
Friday’s Cattle On Feed report showed more shrinkage of the U.S. cattle supply. In case you missed the news roundup over the weekend, here’s a quick recap from Reuters.
As we have fewer cows, our neighbors to the North have temporarily closed an Alberta Cargill plant due to flooding in the area. Have you seen these pictures of the flooded Stampede arena and the Saddledome? Calgary Stampede officials definitely have their work cut out for them. The legendary event is still scheduled to kick off on July 5, the Los Angeles Times reports. Calf roping in waders, anyone?
Ouch, That Hurts!
In an "ouch, that hurts" kind of article, blogger Richard Eskow punishes the beef industry for selling a product that’s "too expensive" and argues with ranchers’ logical reasoning against the Death Tax. Although it may make you squirm in your seat, we found it interesting how he argues his viewpoint. Perhaps his reasoning would be a good sounding board for beef’s next marketing campaign.
GMO Debate Continues
Chipotle’s website is now labeling the products they serve that include genetically modified ingredients. Consumers may be surprised how many of the ingredients fall under this category. On a related note, a District Court judge is pushing the FDA to decide of GMOs can be considered all natural.
For your sweet tooth, Hostess says its famed Twinkies will be back in stores in July, reports USA Today. Maybe the Beef Board could do a "grab a steak with your Twinkie" ad?