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.
The Battle Continues on Keystone Pipeline
Aug 22, 2013
The Department of Interior is now expressing concerns that the State Department is ignoring the potential impact of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline on wildlife, waterways and national parks, according to the Huffington Post. The problem is with the State Department’s supplemental environment impact statement or SEIS. The EPA agrees that the SEIS wasn’t good enough. They’re also mad about the company that was contracted to do the SEIS, since it came to light that they’d worked with TransCanada (the company wanting to build the pipeline) before. Of course, the Sierra Club also has something to say on it. The Guardian weighs in on the issue too, even quoting President Obama saying that the project wouldn’t be a big job creator and he was basing his decision on the climate change effects.
Read more of the "he said, she said", from the Huff Post or the Guardian.
And Grist compiled a list of "adorable animals imperiled by the Keystone XL Pipeline."
Supreme New Herd Repopulation Program
Kansas State Research and Extension and Kansas Department of Ag just unveiled a new program designed to help cattle producers use best management protocols to improve management and marketing of heifers. Learn more about what it takes and how to make your heifers eligible for the Sunflower Supreme program at SunflowerSupreme.org.
No More Money for Wildfires
The feds are running out of money to fight wildfires, FoxNews says. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), after having already spent $967 million this year, is down to just $50 million. "That’s typically enough to pay for just a few days of fighting fires," USFS says. That’s not good, considering there are 51 large uncontained fires burning right now, including one in Yosemite. Strapped for cash with more budget cuts on the way, USFS has been using money from wildfire prevention to fight the fires, even though they know that "only increases costs and reduces efficiency." Years of neglect have made the fuel load and risk extreme. Hasn’t anyone heard of grazing and logging?
Elanco Parent Company Taking Bribes
Eli Lilly, parent company of the livestock pharmaceutical company Elanco, is facing allegations of bribing doctors in China. YahooNews says the company is "deeply concerned" about the accusations and is looking into the matter. Eli Lilly is the third foreign drug maker to face allegations this month. Corruption in China’s pharmaceutical industry is widespread, apparently.
Can You Guess What’s in this Photo?
Hint, the fact that this is featured on the Huffington Post is not exactly good for the cattle industry. View the photo, then read more about it.