Embarrassing Farm Bill Failure
Jun 21, 2013
With a vote of 195-234, HR 1947 failed in a Republican-controlled House, CNN reports. Apparently, conservatives said the bill spent too much on food stamps. The other side of the isle said it didn't spend enough. So, instead of accepting the bill as "not perfect" but "better than nothing" and holding out for a vigorous debate to sort out spending differences, the House decided the farm bill could wait. Who needs a farm bill anyway? Who needs one? The farmers who are praying daily the weather holds out for a good season, the young producer who only wants a chance and the single mother who can’t make ends meet and truly needs the assistance. But anyway, who needs a farm bill?
Coburn’s Bloody Mary Problem
Even though it is slicing and dicing food stamp programs, USDA still has a spending problem, according to one senator. The Washington Times reports that on Wednesday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack explaining just what he thinks about the department’s spending habits. Apparently, Coburn’s heartburn stems from the fact the department spent "$45,000 to help a West Virginia company market its Bloody Mary mix and sent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money to help vineyards and wineries rebuild websites or start wine festivals and ‘wine trails.’" He is also worked up about cuts to food aid, but continued support of free lunches "for wealthy children in Tulsa, Okla."
Corn, Beans and Meteorites
A Minnesota farmer found a 4-billion-year-old meteorite while ridding a field of rocks before planting. The meteorite had sat in the farmer's rock pile for two years before curiosity got the best of him, reports the Star Tribune. Now that's one heavy harvest.
Did Your Congressman Support HR 1947?
Here’s a full list of votes from the Washington Post.
Cattle Futures Fall, Consumers Choose Chicken
The boards closed yesterday with the largest decline in cattle futures prices we’ve seen this week. Speculators believe consumers will opt for chicken or pork this summer due to high beef prices. Bloomberg says supermarkets may have already completed all of their buying for the Independence Day holiday and while it dropped 6% in the past four weeks, beef was still 90 cents more expensive than its closest competitor pork. They might prefer yard bird, but we're choosing beef!
Free Mowing Service
A group of cattle were found grazing in a Wichita neighborhood this morning—several miles from any farm or stockyard, KDFI.com reports. It is unclear how the animals made their way to the neighborhood. One reader suggests it was a cow-stork or cow-fairy.