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.
EPA Receives Hand Slap from House Amendment
Jun 20, 2013
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) believes it is possible to wrap up work on the farm bill by the end of the day Thursday, according to The Hill. The amendment from Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) that would prohibit the EPA from disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers passed through the House just before midnight last night. Don’t worry; the feds can’t give HSUS your address anymore...for now, anyway.
House Cuts $2 Billion in Food Stamp Funding
According to The Washington Times, the House voted 234-188 against an amendment to keep food stamp spending at its current level. Stay tuned for a White House veto.
Cow Rescued From Roof
How did it get up there? Houses must be shorter in Scotland.
U.S. Cow Herd to Shrink, Again
Lingering drought is the reason, according to agrimoney.com. USDA's hopes for rebuilding the U.S. cow herd from a 72-year low are drying up along with the pastures.
Body Builders' Best Beef
The same day we learned of a new study linking beef to obesity and diabetes, BodyBuilding.com released its "Best of Beef: Top 10 Steak Cuts." Obviously, these guys don’t believe beef will make them fat. Maybe physical activity is the key after all!
Six Months in Jail for Roast Thief
The Salem News reports that a Peabody, Mass., man is in jail for six months after pleading guilty to a series of high-priced beef thefts. How sly can you be with a roast?
GMOs Win World Food Prize
Three scientists were named this year’s World Food Prize laureates: Robert Fraley of Monsanto, Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Marc Van Montagu of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach in Belgium. The winners "used science to multiply the harvest," quipped the Des Moines Register. Indeed, this news will probably cause a stir with non-GMO advocacy groups.
Quality Beef at Chicken Prices
The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., shares tips for finding quality beef without the high price. Things they suggest paying attention to include "the grade, the grain and the aging."
Arrests Made in Japan’s Wagyu Beef Scandal
Wagyu beef has been in the news for a few weeks. Yesterday, a Japanese farm’s managers were arrested on "suspicion of misleading customers," according to The Wall Street Journal.