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.
It’s “D” Day!
Sep 30, 2013
We weren't sure what to call today ... We could go with "GS" Day for Government Shutdown Day. Or "TFBID" Day for The Farm Bill Is Dead Day. Or maybe "F" Day. That one fits for several reasons: Furlough, Failure, Fiasco, Flop, Frustration, Faux Pas, or any other f-words that might come to mind. But we decided on "D" Day: Decision Day. Since there are so many unmade decisions in Congress, it all boils down to da-day.
USA Today answers all your questions – and some you didn’t even think of – on the possible government shutdown.
What a bit of cattlemen irony? If the government shutdown occurs, staff assigned to COOL and other programs will be furloughed. We bet Canada has a big grin on its face. The EPA is also ready to shudder its doors, Grist says. But of course, Congress will still get paid.
The Washington Post reports it's been 17 years since the last government shutdown. Here's a little shutdown-showdown history for all those inquiring minds who want to know.
The LaCross Tribute says simply: Stop Stalling! Reuters relates the Farm Bill to a slow train to nowhere.
The cattle business is not for those faint at heart, and Friday's market reports echoed that. Record prices for feeders and calves alike turned some heads, and buyers didn't keep their hands in their pockets. It appears the shortage of cattle has finally hit high tide. BeefToday.com has the high-priced details.
Too Worn Out to Cook?
Tired and hungry? Instead of drive-thru, opt for a soy shake! A mixture of soy protein, olive oil, brown sugar and oat flour, the Soylent shake is a meal replacer for some. Not all. Perhaps those with odd taste buds? No taste buds? Yes, we know you're all running to get your own. Somehow, we prefer chewing our supper. Medium Rare.
If you need some bedtime reading, may we suggest the USDA report on foreign-owned agricultural land. What's interesting? Foreigners own 2% of U.S. land in ag production, and that percentage is increasing. What's not interesting? The 209-page report.
Oxymoron: Bill Clinton, McDonalds, Veganism
An interesting partnership was announced on Friday – Bill Clinton is teaming up with McDonalds to promote healthy eating at the fast food chain. We didn't know the golden arches served up much for a vegan former president. But then again, Bill's known to fudge a little on his vegan diet. And when he does, at least he's fudging for beef!
On the Lookout!
Iowa ranchers are on the lookout for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease after several herds have been confirmed with the ailment. Although it's typically not deadly for cattle, the disease affects the inside of the mouth of cattle and can make eating painful and difficult.
Agriculture.com takes a look at the Ogallala Aquifer, which has been a hot topic for some logical as well as scathing news reports since a Kansas State study highlighted the depleting underground water source.
Kansas City Infozine reports.
Care2.com says there’s alternatives to meat, but not water.