That would be Vani Hari, blogger, activist and professional snake oil salesperson. You may know her as Food Babe, though a more appropriate moniker would be Fear Babe since that’s the primary tactic she uses to sell snake oil. (“The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari’s Glass House,” was published last fall.)

Babe’s latest snake charm is aimed at cottonseed oil, which she claims “isn’t suitable for human consumption” and claims cotton seeds are “subjected to intensive chemical refining with toxic hexane, bleach, and deodorizers” to extract the oil.

The claims contained so many inaccuracies Cotton Incorporated responded – in a much more respectful tone than was warranted. Cotton Inc. said Babe’s claims were “at best inaccurate and at worst, just plain wrong.”

Cowboy College deadline Monday

Monday is the Early Bird deadline to register for Drovers Cowboy College at a reduced rate.

Our Cowboy College tailored to cow-calf operators will be held June 20-21 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines, Iowa. The lineup of experts includes our host, Dan Thomson, DVM, Kansas State University, and host of DocTalk TV. He’s accompanied by Mike Apley, DVM, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Antibiotic Resistance, and Tom Noffsinger, DVM, whose presentation on low-stress animal handling draws rave reviews. Chris Reinhardt, PhD, will deliver a presentation on nutrition. A special guest is Iowa seedstock pioneer Dave Nichols, whose wit and wisdom on cattle genetics is not to be missed. For more information or to register call 877-482-7203 or click here.

Friday funnies

Fun stories we’ve stumbled upon while composing this week’s GTN.

Oregon standoff guilty plea

The first of 26 defendants indicted for their role in the armed standoff in Oregon early this year has pled guilty to conspiracy to impede federal officers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Federal prosecutors will recommend that Corey Lequeiu spend two-and-a-half years in prison. The plea deal provides a clue to the sentences other defendants face for their part in the 41-day standoff. Lequieu is a convicted felon and he also participated in the 2014 standoff at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. As part of the plea deal, the government will not level other federal charges against Lequieu, including felon in possession of a firearm in either Oregon or Nevada, or any potential charges stemming from his ties to the 2014 standoff. The deal allows Lequieu to avoid the maximum prison term on the conspiracy charge of six years in prison.