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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. 

Divide and Conquer: Farm Bill Opinions

Jul 15, 2013


There's apparently no news on the farm bill, but there sure are lots of opinions.
Daryll E. Ray & Harwood D. Schaffer suspect there is more trouble ahead as farm bill supporters lose their food stamp supporting allies.
The NYT's Paul Krugman thinks it proves Republicans are "mean spirited"
The WaPo agrees with Krugman, of course.
The Wall Street Journal sees the same split Ray and Schaffer see, but think it's great that that farm and food stamp lobbies may have lost their symbiotic powers.
Congressman King thinks splitting the bill was a bad idea, but says it didn't happen because Republicans hate poor folks.

Tax Reform Quixotes

NPR reports on a couple of congressmen's tilt at the tax reform windmill.

The Swedes Like Us. They Really Like Us

We just returned from a personal trip to Sweden and return more bullish than ever about the potential for U.S. beef exports to Europe. This piece (you may have to hit the "translate" button)
from a Swedish news service pretty well sums up what we found in our conversations.
There is "official" concern about U.S. production practices, but the beef is so good that people want it, anyway. Having made a yeoman's effort to sample all we could, we suggest there is much improvement possible. They haven’t learned how to cook grainfed beef. They still want all those sauces it takes to make their EU-produced beef tasty. But we'll sell them a lot more beef in the future if the politics will allow it.

Let’s All Eat Feral Hogs and Starlings

Anybody who supports anything that might lead to the demise of a feral hog is a friend of ours. The Atlantic includes the swine in their list of invasive species that should be eaten.

Too much rain, too much ergot

Jeff Caldwell's take on a NDSU release about the threat to cattle in the wet parts of the U.S.

More COOL Debate

NCBA's Colin Woodall explained concerns about the Country of Origin Labeling regs, while supporters are hoping you'll sign their petition endorsing the rules.

Southeast Missouri Finally gets a Cattle Theft Suspect

This doesn't say how DNA got on the paper towel that led to the arrest of this Ozarkinan cattle theft suspect, but something tells us it would be a case of CSI: TMI

Brazil Sets a New Beef Export Record

Brazilian beef export revenues reached a record $3 billion in the first half of 2013...the story is not as good for pork.


Smells to Remember

Here's an interesting idea: An "odor camera" to capture smells you can smell later, like in an odor album. We'll go for fresh cut alfalfa and branding iron fires.



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