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Grazing the Net

RSS By: Greg Henderson and Friends, Beef Today

Our editors spend some time roaming the web looking for stuff cattle people and others in agriculture might find useful or entertaining. 

We’re not Gonna Take It!

Jul 18, 2013

 
No, we ain’t gonna take it. We’re not gonna take it, any more! Got you singing today, right? Well, that was Vilsack’s message to corn growers yesterday – don’t "take" the lack of progress on the Farm Bill. Agri-Pulse has the details.
 
And since separating the "food" from the "farm" bill has turned into a PR nightmare for Republications, Politico writes that Chairman Lucas says there’s nothing stopping them from putting the "food" back in the legislation.
 

Summer Slump

While some of the country has enjoyed below-normal temps and much needed rain, other areas are dealing with heat and humidity. And cattle are no different. Experts warn it’s important to keep the cows cool, says the DesMoines Register.
 
According to WBBJ.com, the heat is resulting in smaller cattle. An Oklahoma State study showed that for every degree the temperature rises, $1 billion (yes, that’s with a B) in cattle revenue would be compromised.
 
Apparently the heat is also affecting consumers, as fewer grill outdoors. Bloomberg says that’s to blame for a lackluster futures market.
 
But in China, consumers can’t get enough of beef. Although, Australia and New Zealand are the leading beef exporters to China, Merco Press offers the idea that the Chinese could build or buy a processing facility in the US, much like they’ve done with Smithfield.
 

Not So Wild

If you’ve seen land impacted by feral hogs, -- or worse yet, own acreage ravaged by the beasts -- we’re not sure you will agree with the NY Times assessment of the USDA’s Wildlife Services department.
 

Porkalicious?

If you live next to a restaurant that cooks 300 pounds of bacon a day, apparently you can get tired of the smell. A San Fran eatery was forced to close because "bacon byproducts can smell like paint or wet cardboard." The diner is back open, with a new ventilation system. Ironically, we’ve never heard someone complain about the smell of ribeyes over an open flame.

Rain Ticket, Please

Would you wait in line for five hours to watch it rain? We know plenty of ranchers would. And apparently so will New Yorkers, says the NY Times. Droves are waiting outside the Museum of Modern Art for hours on end to step into the Rain Room. We will let you know if the exhibit goes mobile…coming to a pasture near you.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Beef!

Iowa 4-Hers are doing all they can for beef demand this week, offering a Hot Beef Sundae at the state fair food stand. It even comes with a "cherry" on top.

Sure Bet

We all knew wresting (the WWE kind) was rigged. But now it’s been proven. A social media guru correctly named the winner of 38 matches before they slammed each other. But don’t bother running to Vegas. Bookies have pulled the WWE from their offerings.

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