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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. 

A Chance to Say We’re Sorry

Jul 09, 2013

 

Does the Farm Bill flop give the U.S. government a chance to say they’re sorry to our friends to the north and the south? Perhaps so, says The Western Producer. It would be an excellent time to "fix" the COOL legislation, according to the Canadian beef folks. Looking down the gun barrel of retaliation, will our government blink?
 
Based on a report from Townhall.com, it doesn’t look like progress on a new farm bill – or any legislation – will move very fast in the coming weeks.
 

Keep the Motor Runnin’

A 90-day waiver for the "rest" rule is on the to-do list of the DOT after 14 livestock, food and poultry organizations complained forcing trucks transporting livestock to stop for 30 minutes every-so-often would place the health and welfare of livestock at risk. Pork Network has the details.
 

 

Skinnier Twinkie

The Return of the Twinkie will be celebrated among thousands of households this month as Hostess-brand products return to the shelves. The Wall Street Journal details how the new owners slimmed down cupcake operations, moved to a third-party distribution system and altered their marketing strategy. The new owners are experienced in business acquisitions, and average a 44% return on investment on previous deals. It’s an interesting read on the business side of the food industry.
 

Smart Worms

NPR reports that the corn rootworm is outsmarting genetically engineered corn plants, designed to be poisonous to the hungry rootworm larvae.

Adopt a Chicken

Amongst news of unwanted horses and a surplus of pets awaiting adoption at shelters, it seems there’s a new species of abandoned pets – laying chickens.  It’s become such a problem, The Grist suggests those feathered friends should come with a warning label.
 

Should a Been a Cowboy

A leaked report detailing the life of Osama Bin Ladin’s years of hiding said he often wore a cowboy hat to escape detection from U. S. drones. A slice of the Wild West in the Middle East --Who knew? The Daily Mail has the details. Wonder how Stetson can use this in a future marketing campaign?

Other News...

Minnesota lawyers are working to protect the private information of livestock owners in their state. This is on the heels of a request from an environmental rights group request for the info. Based on the EPAs actions of releasing similar info earlier this summer, the lawyers have their work cut out for them. The StarTribute reports.
 
SFGate reporter Carolyn Lochhead blogs about antibiotic resistance, the Freedom of Information Act and an environmental group. Hope she enjoys her salad today.

 

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