7 Ag Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

7 Ag Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Ag technology, climate consciousness, farm bill, TPP, GMOs and craft beer

Need to catch up? Here are some food, agriculture and farm stories you might have missed this week.

1. Climate week? Climate was central to ag news this week on the back of the Obama Administration's Climate Assessment. Catch up with family farmers' role here: National Geographic; scientists' plan for adaptive animals here: LA Times; and ethanol's take on Obama's plan here: Farm Futures

2. Schools continue to desert lunch program. Some schools are opting to propose their own menus, rather than following federal lunch program guidelines. Chicago Tribune

Ag technology, climate consciousness, farm bill, TPP, GMOs and craft beer

3. Ag tech's "top 10." Wearable computers, high-voltage tractors and 3-D printing are featured in this slideshow of the 10 hottest trends in farm technology. Farm Industry News

4. Farm bill implementation rolls on. Farm groups this week urged USDA Secretary Vilsack to ensure grants going to universities to develop farm bill implementation tools represent all geographical interests. Farm Progress

5. U.S. won't budge on TPP negotiation with Japan. Chief Ag Trade nominee Darci Vetter says the U.S. has no plans to allow sensitive product exclusions in TPP negotiations with Japan. Feedstuffs

6. GM opponents 'deaf to science'? Vermont's labeling law could kneecap the biotech industry, reports The Economist

7. PEDV will continue to drive pork prices. A recent update from Rabobank suggests PEDV's grip on pork farmers will continue into grilling season, keeping pork prices high. Farm Progress

And your bonus:

Craft beer, here. As "craft" beers flood the market, what does that term really mean? NPR (Food for thought – see any parallels between this and the discussion surrounding "organic" and "natural" terms? Share your comments below.)

Aerial ag. Check out this video of aerial no-till planting posted by Judi Graff of Graff Land & Livestock. See her other farm and livestock videos here.

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