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.
No Slaughter Consequences
Sep 10, 2013
While horse slaughter remains tied up in the courts, the former director of the New Mexico Livestock Board offers his thoughts on the matter. No matter which side of the issue you are on, this opinion article from the Albuquerque Journal brings up some solid points that must be considered.
Having a bad day? Then you should have been in Denver where you could have smoked your worries away. On Monday, hundreds lined up where free joints were given away. Organizers of the event were hoping to draw attention to a statewide ballot question asking voters to approve a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales, plus a 10 percent sales tax. The Denver Post said so many people lined up for the free offer, the group had to "furiously roll more" joints on the hood of a parked car.
The heat is front page news in Iowa. And Thursday’s USDA crop report should give us some clues on how the heat and drought has impacted some of the nation’s corn and soybean crops. The Des Moines Register reported only one-third of the state’s corn and soybeans were in good or excellent condition. Agriculture.com says this year’s drought is like a "drought on steroids."
The longer Congress delays on farm bill decision-making, the harder it is for farmers to make decisions regarding their crops, according to the Kansas City Star.
Everything you ever wanted to learn about crop insurance, oops we mean money laundering, Bloomberg style.
The New York Times takes a look at the farm bill prospects and farm subsidies.
Grist tours an Ohio farm that practices no-till methods accompanied by several NRCS "geeks" to see what’s working for one farmer. Considering it’s a farming article penned by someone at Grist, it’s actually pretty interesting.
Food Safety Hampered by Sequester
As part of our daily grazing, we look at several food safety-oriented web sites. Several have posted stories dealing with the two-month-long cyclospora outbreak that has affected 22 different states. The cause of the outbreak in most states is still unkown. But today, Food Poisoning Bulletin has some appetite-losing news for you--the outbreak investigation has been hindered by the government sequester.
News We Can’t Resist
If you go camping in Australia, don’t leave your beer out. Apparently a feral hog has an affinity for ale ... three six-packs worth.
Spongiform encephalopathy is in the news again, and thankfully it has nothing to do with the cattle industry. The Atlantic reports.
Tired of your neighborhood? You can apply for a one-way ticket to Mars, says The Independent. From early reports, it appears over 200,000 are ready to pack.