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.
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.
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
George W.: Immigration Bill Might Pass
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...