1. Government agencies back to work. In the aftermath of the shutdown, federal agencies are picking up the pieces after nearly three weeks off the clock. Lawmakers, too, have a range of issues to discuss now that budget talks are off the table for a while.
2. World Food Prize sheds light on world hunger. Just ahead of the World Food Prize, Jeff Simmons, President of animal health company Elanco, launched an initiative to refocus on upcoming world hunger challenges and start working on concrete solutions. Simmons accepted the CAST Communication Award Wednesday.
3. Farmwives talk shop. Holly Spangler of Prairie Farmer has a new project in the works with two fellow Illinois farmwives – the Confessions of a Farmwife podcast. For a bit more than a half an hour, they talk minivans, field meals, the UPS man and corn. And laugh a little bit, too.
4. EPA seeks to cool RFS rumors. Reports of lower requirements for cellulosic and conventional ethanol under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard last week had industry stakeholders and market participants concerned, though the Environmental Protection Agency this week reaffirmed it is only working on a "draft proposal."
5. Shutdown legacy will linger for economists. Even though the shutdown in Washington has wrapped up, the consequences will stick around for economists that depend on historical data prepared by the USDA. "Every day, every minute that goes by, there is something that is not being captured that won't be back-filled," says Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University livestock economist.
6. Who's behind the GMO movement, anyway? Elton Robinson of Delta Farm Press has his ideas – but isn't so sure GMO detractors are aware of the problems a labeling requirement could bring.
7. Animal Ag Alliance finds Meatless Monday discrepancies. The Meatless Monday campaign, a public relations effort to get Americans to consume meat-free dishes on Mondays, is misrepresenting the number of organizations that have signed on to participate in the program, the Animal Ag Alliance says. Click here for their findings.
And your bonus:
The Netherland's ag industry in pictures. When photographer Henk Wildschut began photographing agriculture in the Netherlands (which ranks second in farm exports worldwide), his outlook of the industry changed – read more from the New York Times.