Another advantage of printing veggie steaks is that when a drought hits, we don’t have to decimate pheasant habitat to feed our cattle. But wildlife expert Kristi Noem assures us her executive order allowing early mowing of the ditches won’t imperil the pheasant population she’s elsewhere keenly interested in protecting:
“Growing up on the family ranch, I know how difficult it can be to feed cattle during dry times,” Gov. Kristi Noem said. “This increased flexibility will allow producers to immediately gain access to hay for their livestock. With a mild winter and early spring, most of the pheasant hatch is well behind us, and we do not expect this move to affect pheasant numbers. Reports from the field look fantastic for the upcoming pheasant hunting season” [Marissa Lute, “Gov. Noem Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought Conditions, Allowing Ditch Mowing,” KELO-TV, 2021.06.29].
- Kristi Noem’s adult farm work has consisted mostly of cashing farm subsidy checks. She hasn’t done a lick of real farm work in years.
- We have no real pheasant numbers. The Noem Administration stopped counting pheasants in 2020, because the actual science made us look bad. Her “reports from the field” are undocumented anecdotes serving as fodder for confirmation bias. Absent real science, the Governor can believe and promulgate whatever stories she wants to justify whatever business-first policies she wants, ecology be jiggered.
Mow all the grass you like now, but if my lawn is any indication, if this weather persists, that’s the only crop you’re going to get from the ditches, and the cattle will be hungry again soon. Maybe we should call Novameat about setting up that print shop in Highmore….