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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. 

PETA’s in the Hot Seat

Jul 08, 2013

 

Looks like the folks at PETA are tasting a little of their own medicine, getting heavy criticism for operating an animal shelter that euthanizes thousands of animals at their Norfolk, Va., facility. The New York Times has the details.

Betting on Branded Beef

The Tama, Iowa, city council is betting on beef – offering a $3.6 million tax rebate for investors to reopen the Iowa Quality Beef plant that closed nine years ago. The Gazette reports the plant will not compete with other major packers, and will instead act as a custom processor for cattle producers who sell their own branded beef. The vote of confidence in the industry is refreshing amid talk of consolidation and excess capacity.

Tender Comments

The public comment period remains open for the FSIS proposed rule to label mechanically tenderized beef. The University of Tennessee’s Ag Policy Analysis center discusses the history of the proposed rule. FSIS will receive comments from the public on the proposed ruling until August 9, 2013.

Water – the New Oil?

The Denver Post reports farmers in Colorado are holding on to their water rights even as prices for a share in the Colorado-Big Thompson water project double, selling for more than $18,000 last month.

Aussie Beef Looking for Markets

Australian beef officials are excited about the prospects of exporting beef to China, says Beef Central. The Aussies are also hoping an investment in the Indonesia beef industry can aid in exports, according to the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

George W.: Immigration Bill Might Pass

According to Politico, former President George W. Bush thinks the Immigration Bill has a chance, and offers that the bill could fix a system that’s broken. 

Other News "Bites"

Argentina’s government is threatening to confiscate unsold grain owned by farmers in order to stabilize flour prices, according to MercoPress. Bread prices in the country have doubled in the last month. However, the Argentine Wheat Association claims that government policies have led to a limited stock of wheat, and thus higher prices.
 
The Grist’s columnist Holly Richmond says The ‘Merica Burger has gone to the pigs... Literally. Made with a 100% bacon patty and layers of bacon-infused toppings, Ms. Richmond goes so far as to call the burger disgusting. Maybe she needs "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese…"
 
A Field of Bad Dreams? In a twist on the silver screen tale, The Onion reports that an Iowa farmer bet it all on the idea of "Build it; they will come." And now he’s lost it all...

 

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