Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Oct 10, 2014 01:31 PM CDT

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 thrilling and often bloodcurdling chapters ...

Quick View
  • Crop Tech Corner In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers produce orange-colored corn with sight-saving capabi...
  • Strong Immunity Wins Two weeks after calving, cows lose body condition. But if she is short on nutrients, too, that dr...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Klinefelter: By the Numbers Farm lenders should halt their petty rivalry and focus on agriculture's best interest: Our nation...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • GOP Picks Conaway as House Ag Chairman The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, as the...
  • Head Start A Pennsylvania teen has two years of a farm-to-fork business under his belt and is looking to exp...
  • Woodbury: Farm Family Business One of the world's wealthiest families measures success not in dollars but in authenticity.
  • Ask the Vet A warning about bull breeding soundness.
Related News Stories
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN's Livestock Quick Takes
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
The Market's Fine Print
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments
DTN Before The Bell-Livestock
DTN Closing Livestock Comments