Private Industry Fills Market Information Void
Oct 07, 2013
The government shutdown, and the lack of U.S. Department of Agriculture market reports, has been good for some private businesses. The lights may be out at USDA, but the phones lit up at commodities firm Urner Barry and other private market analysis firms. Market participants are scrambling to find reliable sources for information that can make a difference between profit and loss as they bring corn, beans, or cattle to market.
CAFO: "The Auschwitz of Livestock?"
Our hats are off to Holly Spangler of the Kansas Farmer and her recent blog post about her encounter with an activist spreading misinformation about livestock production. On an informational, Spangler listened as George Kalogridis, an Indiana-based organic certification manager, stepped in front of the crowd of Chicago Field Moms and downstate (cattle raising) farm moms, and called CAFOs "the Auschwitz of livestock." He said CAFO raised animals are not allowed outside, they never breathe fresh air, they can't turn around, they're miserable and there's not a single good CAFO out there. Ah, but there was Holly, willing to challenge Kalogridis with the facts. She summed up the encounter this way: "Against all odds, there is a bright side to this story: the Chicago moms saw right through him and his CAFO definition lie."
Shutdown = No Weddings at National Monuments, No Problem
Apparently Smokey Bear was laid off by the government shutdown, too. And the shutdown also means long-planned weddings at national monuments were cancelled. That brought comedian Stephen Colbert to the rescue. Stephen stepped up to marry a couple whose Jefferson Memorial ceremony was threatened by the shutdown.
Law Firm Lists Effect of Government Shutdown on Ag
Attorney Bradley A. McKinney, Faegre Baker Daniels, compiles a list of all government programs and initiatives that have seen an impact from the government shutdown.