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.
Slow and Steady
Aug 05, 2013
After years of drought, high feed prices and falling cattle numbers nationwide, economist Chris Hurt predicts that the nation’s cow herd is about to enter the rebuilding phase. A bumper corn crop and rain across much of the Midwest are perking interest in heifer retention. If we can get some exciting action on calf prices, Hurt thinks the stars may be lining up just right. Farmers Advance has the story.
REIN ‘em In
We’re not sure who in Congress thought of this acronym, but they deserve a bonus! You see, the powers that be in the House passed the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. Aside from the way-cool acronym, the legislation is supposed to rein in the executive branch, requiring Congress approval for any federal rule costing more than $100 million. The Hill says the legislation would prevent a President from issuing executive orders with excessive regulations. Nice idea. Bet it doesn’t pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
HSUS – 1, Horse Processing – 0
Zero. That’s how much action will be going on at the New Mexico and Iowa horse processing facilities this week. Despite receiving permits to begin operations, a federal judge issued a restraining order on the companies, at the request of the Humane Society of the United States. According to USA Today, the HSUS was "overjoyed."
No, we’ve been bam-googled! The Independent uncovered the money behind developing the "20,000 strands of lab grown animal tissue molded into a burger-like shape" is non other than Google founder Sergey Brin. Looking for a food review? NBC News has one.
Too Much of a Good Thing
A wet spring followed by intense summer heat has resulted in a spike of the fungus ergot. It affects rye, cereal grains and some grasses, and is causing illness in cattle. Scientists say although it is a problem this time of year, it may get worse this winter when hay harvested with the fungus is fed to cattle, reports Cedar Valley Business.
Here’s a few interesting stories from AgWeb incase you missed them over the weekend:
Speculations on who Obama’s Fed Chief will be
Corn slumps on outlook for record crop
China suspends some New Zealand dairy products
Other News Bites ...
Can being overweight actually make you live longer? Maybe so, according to this article on Huffington Post. But of course, there is a catch.
A food service salad supplier for Olive Garden and Red Lobster has been identified as the source of the cyclospora outbreak in Nebraska. Food Poisoning Bulletin has the details.
Discover how the citrus industry is using wasps to save their crop, according to Fox News.
CattleNetwork reports mixed news on demand, beef and corn prices.
Forest management and wildfire prevention scores a win in Congress.