Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.
1. Farm bill conference kicks off. Forty-one members of the conference committee for the 2013 Farm Bill this week met to hash out chamber differences on the legislation; most outlined priorities during the first meeting but also reiterated a common desire for compromise and quick action to pass the bill.
2. Documentary to focus on next-gen farmers. Documentary filmmaker James Moll has released the trailer for his new film, focusing on farmers and ranchers in their 20s and 30s. The full-length version is scheduled for release next spring.
3. Hungry people don't worry about GMOs. Rod Swoboda, Wallaces Farmer editor, says among the takeaways of the 2013 World Food Prize Symposium, one really stuck out: hungry people don't worry about GMOs. Get his take here.
4. RFS changes could shutter development, groups say. Ethanol and agribusiness organizations Wednesday issued a letter to the White House, signaling concern over the possibility of lower Renewable Fuel Standard volumes next year. Lower volumes could send the wrong signal to renewables investors, stagnating growth and limiting the availability of cheaper fuels, they wrote.
5. Food Safety reform means animal feed, too. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act that would require makers of animal feed and pet food to be sold in the U.S.to develop a formal plan and put into place procedures to prevent foodborne illness.
6. Without herbicides, we could be out hand-weeding fields. Scary thought, right? But it does help put the value of the herbicide industry in perspective, says CropLife Foundation’s Leonard Gianessi.
7. FFA members are loud and proud in Louisville. FFA members are in the middle of the 86th annual National FFA Convention and Expo this week in Louisville, Ky. Here's what they are up to.
And your bonus:
You've likely seen it, but in case you haven't…here's the latest in a line of parodies produced by Derek Klingenberg: "What Does the Farmer Say?"
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