Report Reaction: Feeders Saw as Corn Sees
Jul 01, 2013
USDA was good to the cattle business Friday, predicting yet a larger corn crop and sending corn prices lower this morning and feeder prices upwards. While AgWeb’s Ed Clark warns against overly optimistic bearishness for corn, Jerry Gulke says, "the credibility for talking about $3.50 and $4 (corn) for the fall of 2013 didn’t go away."
Good. We enjoy talking about it.
An Ill Omen for the Farm Bill?
As farmers' congressional clout has waned in recent years, farm state representatives have reached a gentlepersons’ agreement with their more urbane fellows in which the one scratches farmers' backs with farm supports and the other scratches the poor folks’ backs with food stamps.
That may be at risk as the House leadership is apparently mulling ways to split the two. Herewith, three articles that strike us as instructive on the matter:
• The Hill reports on the politics.
• Rocky Parker puts his finger on the crux of it in the Idaho Statesman.
• And Heritage fans the flames in the House.
A Nice Story About a Nice Lady From a Nice Family
You probably knew Ree Drummond had a TV show, but it’s news to us. We’ve never seen it, but any kin of Fred Drummond is a friend of ours.
USDA Finally Says It: Kill Horses If You Want
The final approval came in one of those famous Friday Washington news releases.
But Food Safety News reminds us that it may be a moot point. Obama won’t fund inspectors and Congress wants to re-ban the whole idea.
Hot Dogs Down
As July 4 approaches, Business Week lends a sympathetic ear to the tube steak makers, who are facing tough times.
Desalting the Seas Gets More Feasible
Science Daily reports on a new device that might make desalinization economically advisable in the future.
Feinstein Eyes Antibiotics.
She’s proposing a new law.
It’s a Slow Go in Texas Rebuilding
The state’s oddly-named Extension Service has a report on how Texas cattlemen are slowing rebuilding in the wake of rainfall that has turned much of the state green.
Taking Tyson Forward
Here’s a not-quite-but-almost fawning article in which Donnie Smith eyes Tyson’s future.
Pravda on Pork Bullets
We just have to read Pravda daily. Where do they get this stuff?