Need to catch up? Here are some food, agriculture and farm stories you might have missed this week.
1. Extra time. USDA on Friday said it would allow farmers to sign up for farm programs authorized by the farm bill until April 7. Farm Futures
2. Grain sorghum boom. There's been talk of expanding sorghum acres in the U.S. to meet export demand – and it's happening in Arkansas. Farm Press
3. Tech potential. What big data, drones, and the cloud can do for the future of food security. Tech Republic
4. Cuba concerns. Many ag groups have been supportive of trade with Cuba, but Sen. Marco Rubio explains his position on the other side. Farm Progress
5. Rural internet and backup systems. Internet in rural and underserved areas – often funded by the Commerce Department and USDA – is the first priority. But the second may be creating backup systems across the U.S. New York Times
6. FFAer goes to Washington. An Iowa FFA member participated in the White House Science Fair this week with his 'Gas to Grass' project on ethanol. National FFA Blog
7. Section 179 too little too late. Texas think tank says legislators should move discussions on tax extenders and Section 179 to the start of the year. Farm Futures
And your bonus:
Palace of Fermentation. Cleveland residents may soon be treated to craft beer, sauerkraut, pickles, charcuterie and aged cheeses in new eatery. Ohio Farm Bureau
Yeah, there was snow hanging around in the Midwest this week. Not cool.