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7 Things You Might Have Missed Last Week

USDA school lunch plan, farm bill, unmanned aerial systems and caged tanks.

Published on: Jul 5, 2013

Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed last week - check them out.

1. Farm Bill fight wages on. More than 500 farm and environmental groups Tuesday sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, calling for a second vote on the House Farm Bill in July. The groups remained adamant that leaders refrain from splitting the bill into separate measures for food assistance and farm programs.

2. Ag market ready for UAVs? Looks like farmers have a growing interest in unmanned aerial systems as P.J. Griekspoor found out this week. She offers a look at this new precision ag tool.

BUSY WEEK: With 500 groups asking the U.S. House to get a farm bill going, theres plenty on tap in this weeks 7 things installment.
BUSY WEEK: With 500 groups asking the U.S. House to get a farm bill going, there's plenty on tap in this week's 7 things installment.

3. Picnic basics will set you back $6/person this summer. Preparing a casual meal of summer picnic staples will cost you $6 per person, according to the American Farm Bureau's latest marketbasket survey, released Monday. It's based on prices reported to AFBF by 60 volunteer shoppers in 22 states.

3. GAO sides with assorted groups on USDA's school lunch rules. Remember last year's debate on the acceptable amount of protein in school lunches? Well, a report from the Government Accountability Office is siding with groups that thought the protein caps were unwarranted, finding many schools are unable meet requirements efficiently.

4. Horse slaughter facility may soon get go-ahead. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Friday announced it has issued a grant of inspection to a Roswell, N.M., equine slaughter plant, a first step to reinstating equine slaughter in the U.S.

5. Thinking like a big business – even if you're not. A board of advisers can benefit a farm business by improving idea sharing, helping to set goals and generally diversifying perspectives, says Farm Futures blogger Lori Lennard. But there are some things to keep in mind before building one.

6. New APHIS administrator highlights priorities. New APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea this week said he plans to act on several top priorities for the agency within his tenure, including control of feral swine, boll weevil eradication and the creation of a comprehensive animal disease traceability program.

And your bonus:

What are the best practices for rinsing and recycling caged tanks? A free webinar on July 10, sponsored by the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance, will answer that question and many more with the help of four top-level pesticide handling specialists.

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