EPA and Waters of the U.S.: I have a whole host of links for you on this, in case you haven't already read up on it. Basically, EPA is trying to pretend it has broad-based support for a rule that would give them jurisdiction over any puddle on the farm, despite thousands and thousands of public comments to the contrary. But I digress. Here's the reading:
- EPA releases final Waters of the U.S. rule
- Missouri cattlemen outraged over EPA, WOTUS land grab
- EPA expands powers over land use in bid to control water pollution
- Lucas: 'Obama administration, EPA has shut out rural America'
- Democrats buck Obama on water rule
I swear! Animal rights group says foul language is abuse: We have long joked at our house that there's just something about working with cattle that makes you swear. I hear it's the same with hogs and I can only assume the same for sheep, though mostly when they die because they lack a will to live. This story definitely goes in the file called, "Just When You Thought PETA Couldn't Get Any Worse." Also, please note the comments from someone with Lawyers for Animals, and that this is a real thing.
Bad Chart Thursday: Organic cherry picking: I'm going to have more on this Monday but in the meantime, take a look at this story that picks apart a really bad study-for-hire.
I'm tired of my dad being a taboo subject, just because he died: This is decidedly not about agriculture, but I have agricultural ties to the author. More than that, I know it to be true in my own experience and in that of farmers I've interviewed. One family lost their very young granddaughter several years ago and reported that people actually avoided them; he knew it was because they didn't know what to say but that didn't make it hurt less. Just as this author says, people I've been close to refused to speak of my mother's death in the aftermath. It's a strange reflection of our society, when we don't know how to speak of death or offer words of care and support. This one's heavy but it speaks a lot of truth on a Friday.
Three promising new berries from USDA: Because it's almost time for strawberries in the Midwest. And these look delicious. And let's end on a high note.