Drought leads to spike in beef prices

From KOAT-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Beef prices in New Mexico may not be going down anytime soon because cattle growers are being impacted by the ongoing drought. Even though monsoon rain has been abundant, and it’s greener than it’s been in years, cattle growers are still worried.
      The severe drought of the past three years resulted in record-low cattle counts and record-high beef prices. “(Prices) are going up, and it’s just a supply and demand issue,” said Caren Cowan of the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association.
      Abundant monsoon rainfall means ranchers are starting to reconsider their downsizing. “There’s definitely short-term relief, and people to my knowledge have pretty much stopped culling,” Cowan said.
      Culling, or trimming, the heard was widespread because prairie grass is the primary food source, and cattle starve when there isn't
enough rain for grass. The grass is growing fast, but the herds will replenish at a much slower rate.
      Breeding them back takes several years, and buying cattle is very difficult right now because they’re expensive and in short supply. With all the challenges facing the nation’s second oldest group of farmers and ranchers, many are worried New Mexico’s cowboy way of life could be dying out.
      “It makes it even more difficult for young people to try to get into the business,” Cowan said. More

Marita Noon: Climate Change~a symbolic battle against an unpleasant, toxic way of life

Commentary by Marita Noon - I suspect most readers of my column do not religiously read The Atlantic. I don’t either. But I have people—readers who alert me to news and information I might not see otherwise. Though The Atlantic has gained recent notoriety for the interview with Hilary Clinton, in which she says: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” there is more to it. With so much focus on the Clinton quote, it would be easy to overlook an article within the September issue: How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen.
      While I don’t think the author of the nine-page article, Charles C. Mann, ever really offers the answers the title posits, and is seven pages in before he even attempts to advise the reader on the premise, he does offer some noteworthy insights.
      Mann is obviously a believer in anthropogenic (or man-made) climate change. Much of his essay is spent deriding the left for its unrestrained rhetoric that it uses to “scare Americans into action.” He says: “the chatter itself, I would argue, has done its share to stall progress.” read full column