If you haven’t seen the video of last weekend’s baseball brawl, The Washington Post provides every available angle.
The chin music from Rougned Odor on Jose Bautista resulted in an 8-game suspension for the Texas Rangers second baseman, but made him a hero to many Lone Star State fans. In fact, the punch heard ‘round the diamond earned Rougned free barbecue for life from Heim Barbecue.
The Fort Worth restaurant is also selling T-shirts saying "Rougned Eats Free" because, “he wasn’t the only one who wanted to punch Bautista,” owner Travis Heim told NBC 5.
India’s crazy cow conference
With more than 1.2 billion citizens, India is the second most populous country in the world, and the most populous democracy. But the mere suspicion of eating beef there can get you lynched.
When the Narendra Modi government announced its first-of-a-kind “cow conference,” we assumed it was an effort to bring some sanity to provinces where cows are treated with more respect than humans. Not so.
The cow conference was all about improving conditions for cows. This in a country where a quarter of the population lives under the poverty level and where food security should be a priority. Yet, the cow conference focused on creating more grazing and food for cows by cutting down trees and planting grass. Such a policy puts “humans in direct competition with cows for food,” one sensible Indian official said. “We will have to cut down forests to increase grazing land when millions of humans are starving.” India has four times as many humans as the U.S., twice as many cows and roughly one-third the land mass.
Bloomberg reports Bayer AG made an unsolicited takeover offer for Monsanto Co. in a bold attempt by the German company to snatch the last independent global seeds producer and become the world’s biggest supplier of farm chemicals. Monsanto, with a market value of $42 billion, said it’s reviewing the offer but didn’t disclose the terms of the proposal. Bayer, confirming the bid, said the combination would bolster its position as a life sciences company.
The news wasn’t exactly greeted warmly by farmers. “Big isn’t always better,” says Paula Karlock, fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer in Momence, Ill. “My concern is about competition and prices—with competition, others keep (prices) in check.”
A few years ago, many cattle producers in the Heartland had never heard of anaplasmosis. But now, when Kansas State University Extension planned a one-day seminar on the cattle disease, registration quickly exceeded the facility’s seating capacity, and the organizers added a webcast of the event to accommodate interested ranchers from Kansas and other states. The event, which took place in mid-May, attracted 164 live attendees and another 70 joined online. Anaplasmosis, generally associated with the bacteria Anaplasma marginale, is an insect-vectored disease that, in the past, has been most prevalent in the Gulf Coast region and other wet, insect-friendly environments.