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.
September 9 Is Here
Sep 09, 2013
It’s back to work for Congress. And let’s hope they’re not spending too much time at the water cooler because their to-do grows longer by the day. Before they left the Beltway, immigration and the farm bill were hot topics. But now Syria has taken center stage, and other legislation is waiting in the wings ... with a deadline that’s quickly approaching. House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas predicts they will pass a new farm bill, says National Journal, but the clock is ticking.
Vilsak is trying a new approach for the farm bill to leapfrog Syria and the debt-ceiling--using social media, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Tweet it. Facebook it. Instagram it. YouTube it. Hashtag it #MyFarmBill. Now, if you have no idea what all that means, ask your nearest junior high school student. Maybe the tweens and teens of America can help us save a farm bill. We’ve got 21 days.
More on the farm bill from the Detroit Free Press and the San Angelo Standard Times.
Bloomberg writes the first in a series about "farming for the government." Here is the first one, and we’ll keep you up to date on the rest as they are published.
Beefin’ Up Advertising
Winn-Dixie can make you a star! A star when it comes to beef, at least. The supermarket chain is launching its "I’m Beef People" advertising campaign, highlighting customers who are passionate about beef. Just log on to their website, print out a "beef people" sign and take a picture or short video showing what makes you a "beef person." The campaign supports the supermarket’s introduction of WD Brand Choice Angus Beef. So get out there and start showing why our readers are "Beef People!"
Chinese Love Beef
Rabobank sees green when they look at beef in China. AgWeb reports that consumption of beef in the country is expected to rise, on a per capita basis, by 24% in the next decade. And it sounds as if our country could produce more beef, the Chinese would eat even more. That’s good news for ranchers.
The not-so-good news when it comes to China and competing proteins comes from Bloomberg. Apparently the USDA has ended a ban on Chinese chicken imports. The article hints that this could lead to some possible food safety issues due to lack of USDA inspections on the imported chicken nuggets. Just to be safe, order beef instead.
Private Meat Inspectors?
The USDA is getting some heat about a pilot program that replaces USDA meat inspectors with private meat inspectors paid by the processing company. Five hog plants have used the system, and three of those were among the 10 worst offenders for health and welfare violations, says the Washington Post. The system was in use last year by a Canadian beef processing plant when it had to recall 8.8 million pounds of beef tainted with E. coli. It took several months for the Canadian plant to recover from the massive recall after JBS took over management of the plant. Ironically, the Post story broke exactly one year after the Canadian recall.
No Water, No Freedom
A Texas woman will spend the next year in jail after a jury found her guilty for failing to properly care for 9 horses. In August 2011, eight horses were found dead and another horse was euthanized after suffering from malnutrition and no water. Quarter Horse News reports the woman had agreed to check on the horses for their absentee owner. Two veterinarians testified the horses went without water for five to eight days before their deaths.