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Fragments from Floyd

Day on the Ponds

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I have unnecessarily dreaded the blistering heat I expected for our July visit to West Plains, Missouri to visit the wife’s family.

It will be hot enough for mountain folk, but tolerable enough that we’ll get down to the ponds this afternoon to catch green sunfish and catfish for a fish-fry tonight on the deck in the cool of the evening.

Meanwhile I’m seeing more flowering plants that are new to me, and hearing more from the “local ag extension” end of things by way of my bro-in-law.

Of concern and news to me; pigs are sick. Lots of them. Something like 8 million pigs (mostly young piglets) have died this spring and summer so far from PED–porcine epidemic diarrhea.

North Carolina Waterkeepers have understandable concerns about how so many carcasses are disposed of.  While PED is not transmitted to humans, other bacteria of decay  from thousands of pig carcasses are of concern.

Virus Plagues the Pork Industry, and Environmentalists – NYTimes.com

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