Yes you read the title right, while the Democrats and Republicans are fighting over the Debt Ceiling the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending $5 Million on a study about Pig Poop.
According to the USDA website, this study is to be funded from a part of a $53 Million Dollar Grant Pool that is to be divided between 13 different recipients to "Help" Agricultural Produces Adapt to Climate Change:
"WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded 13 grants to research possibilities for agriculture and forestry producers to adapt to climate change and to best take advantage of variable climate patterns.....
“Anticipating and adjusting to long-term climate patterns is vital for successful agricultural production,” said Chavonda Jacobs-Young, acting NIFA director. “Sound science helps farmers, ranchers and foresters make the right decisions to reduce the effects of climate change and increased variability on their operations. The grants we are announcing today support a wide range of fundamental global agricultural concerns, from cereal crops and animal production to forestry and pest management.”
Today’s announcement represents an investment of more than $53 million to study how climate patterns and variability affect agricultural production. The long-term goal of these USDA-sponsored projects is to help prepare the nation’s agricultural and forestry sectors for unpredictable global climate effects, while helping agricultural and forest production systems play a valuable role in addressing the global challenge of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing carbon sequestration."
Fiscal Year 2010 projects were funded in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Project highlights include:
A project in Arkansas to evaluate options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from swine operations and develop accessible and practical means for swine producers put these options into practice."
The "Green House Gas" emissions that the article refers to is the methane and carbon dioxide created by the Swines' Feces or as I like to call it Pig Poop.
According to the list of recipients on the USDA website, the University of Arkansas is going to conduct this "important" study (Insert Bill Clinton /Arkansas/Pig Jokes Here):
"University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., $4,999,633. This project will evaluate options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from swine operations and develop accessible and practical means for swine producers to put these options into practice."
Oddly enough as the USDA spends this $5 Million in taxpayer money on the study of Pig Poop and Global Warming, an article was released today saying that the world's temperature hasn't risen in 10 years.
Because of the Pollution created by China.
Wow.....Pig Poop and Pollution.
Now you know why Normal, Sane people call Global Warming.....