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.
Thanks, but ...
Sep 18, 2013
It’s all about the headline when it comes to selling newspapers, and we admit this headline grabbed our attention, too. The Omaha World Herald published an op-ed about the unfair negative news on lean finely textured beef. Heck, our "friends" at the Center for Science in the Public Interest even admitted the bad press was not just and that there’s no safety issue with the product.
Lean finely textured beef is now returning to school lunches. It’s all good news for beef, right? Then why slap on the headline "Beef Industry was Needlessly Slimed" to an otherwise positive piece? Unfortunately, they just slimed us all over again.
Hope HOT Exports Don’t COOL
Beef exports continue to gain strength, both in North America and the Middle East. Our trading partners to the north and the south imported 15% and 32% more beef, respectively. But don’t get to feeling too rosy about those numbers. If either Canada or Mexico follow through with hinted retaliation from COOL, those numbers could plummet.
Beef offal prices are also dependent on unfettered market access. Midwest Producer takes a look at how exports drive demand for offal, with the majority of intestines going to South Korea and Mexico. More than 90% of beef tongue and 75% of stomachs head to Mexico and Asia. But the bottom fell out of beef liver prices when Russia closed its market.
Let’s just hope we can stomach the results once COOL is implemented.
Farm Talk offers their version of the Future of COOL
National Hog Farmer has their two cents on COOL appeal.
National Cheeseburger Day!
So after we rebuked CNN for their deadly steak sins yesterday, we feel only slightly obligated to share a little love with them today. They – along with the rest of us – are celebrating National Cheeseburger Day! (You are celebrating, right?)
And just so you won’t lay awake wondering, the largest cheeseburger in the Guinness World Record Book was built at Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino in 2012. It weighed in at just over 1 ton. Enjoy all the tasty details in this short, stomach growling video.
Immigration is a topic of discussion today in that city-where-so-much-work-gets-done. Seven undocumented immigrants chained themselves to the White House gates to protest deportations, saying no one should have to go through what they did 20 years ago to reach American soil. Hmm ... seven people who live in this country illegally ... are publically protesting deportation and the fact they are illegals ... by doing something that will surely introduce them to law enforcement?
While we won’t delve into the intelligence of their protest, the fact is, immigration reform is all-but-forgotten with Syria, a government shutdown and oh, that pesky farm bill taking up so much of Congress’ time.
Captain Call to Sacramento
Sacramento will beckon back to the days of cattle drives and the old West as part of Farm-to-Fork Week. Kudos for organizers who want to make sure proteins aren’t lost in produce-heavy holiday. To keep beef in the mix, they have arranged for a Lonesome Dove-ish cattle drive to saunter down Capital Mall. Locals can even bring their own horses and participate. Sounds like a yee-haw good time!
Other News Bites ...
A new report might help boost sales of an E. coli vaccine. Philly.com reports that previous research did not take into account brief periods of "super shedding," and with that in mind, E. coli could be reduced by 85%.
Investment firm working to sell Northern Beef Packers.
Hear from a farmer on the farm bill.
Groundhog Day for the farm bill? Only this one doesn’t star Bill Murray.
Food "Safety" News reports on a third horse slaughter plant qualifying for USDA inspections.
DTN looks at the connection of hot and dry in the Midwest and the deluge of rain in Colorado.