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.
Ship Them Water
Nov 15, 2013
One Icelandic entrepreneur has an answer for the drought—let us ship you the water. We've never been to Iceland, but Bloomberg says they've got plenty of water to spare. And one company wants to capitalize on it. There are already plans in the works to ship water in tankers to Europe.
Although the nation-wide drought has seen some relief, there are still regions of the country that are bone dry. Only problem for this "outside the box" thinker? Much of the U.S. that's suffering the most is land-locked by several hundred miles.
Billions in Savings
The CBO, not Citizens Boycotting Obama but the Congressional Budget Office, says they've found a way to save $130 billion in the farm bill. Less than half of that, $50 billion, would come from reductions in food stamps. What else could be on the chopping block? Forrest service programs, school lunches, conservation programs, crop insurance and more. We have to wonder how accurate the CBO's numbers are. Seems like somewhere in the past they've had their fair share of miscalculations.
With all the farm bill and food stamp reduction talk, we stumbled upon a good piece that talks about cooking with less. Way less. One mom explains how she feeds her family with what she can get from the local food bank. Too "wealthy" to get food stamps, but too poor to buy groceries, this blog was a wake-up call. And it puts a whole new spin on food waste, and what we could really be doing with all that extra food we let spoil.
CNN's Eatocracy stepped outside its comfort zone and published the story of a "factory farmer." The headline read "Big Farms Aren’t Bad." Kudos to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance for submitting the story. And even more atta-boys to CNN for publishing it!
Move Over, Brazil!
The projected record corn crop in the U.S. just might be enough to bump Brazil from the King of Corn. Last year, the U.S. only exported 18.5 million tons, which was second to Brazil's 20.8. But if projections hold, the U.S. is expected to export 35.6 million tons.
Saved by the LEGO
Could legos be the future of prosthesis? Likely not for humans, but the lego-leg is working quite well for a turtle. Only drawback, it seems to have slowed him down.