John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 01:31 PM CDT

USDA Tries Old Testament Wisdom?

Who does Secretary Vilsack think he is, King Solomon?

This may sound like a weird question, but it's exactly what I first thought last week when the would-be wise head of the USDA proposed to settle incessant squabbling within the cattle industry by proposing the creation of a second check-off. This radical suggestion, at once impractical, reeking of bureaucratic overkill, and yet strangely promising, somehow caused me to reconsider the ancient and quintessential story of King Solomon's legendary wisdom.

Suddenly, I was channeling Orville Willis, my old third grade Sunday school teacher, dramatically re-enacting the ...

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