• Josh Flint

    Keeping Up With My 16-Month Old Son

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 18, 2010

    I've always been one to laugh at the movie scene when the dad trips on a skateboard, falls on his back, then yells at his child for leaving it out.   But, I was always skeptical that such a scene would really play out in real life. First of all, wouldn't the dad see the skateboard? If not, he'd surely be nimble enough to catch himself. And, even if he did fall, it wouldn't hurt so bad he'd want to scream at his kid, right?   As a father of a one-year old, I can tell you Hollywood's…

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    USDA Regroups on NAIS

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 12, 2010

    It's back to the drawing board for the National Animal Identification System. Last week, ag secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA will make sweeping changes to NAIS.   In particular, it seems the only time animals need i.d. is when they move across state lines. Also, there's no longer any mention of premises registration. However, two common themes remain: disease traceback and state implementation.   From the start, NAIS measures have drawn the most ire from beef producers, who would be…

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    Tails for Tails Is Irritating, But Smart

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 5, 2010

    Man, that Humane Society of the United States is sneaky. Even though they irritate me to no end, I have to admit, they're smart.   In January, they entered into a partnership with Yellow Tail wine in what they're calling the "Tails for Tails" campaign. Essentially, Yellow Tail is marking bottles with a note that a percent of the purchase price will go toward HSUS to help save animals.   In the news release, HSUS does a great job of skirting the animal agriculture issue. The word agriculture…

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