1. Lower feed costs offer livestock producers profit potential. Feed prices are lower, but the need to shore up balance sheets keeps livestock producers wary about expanding rapidly. Beef Producer
2. A big bet on gluten-free. Companies are clamoring to use the term "gluten-free," even as not all buyers suffer from celiac disease. The New York Times
3. New book addresses meat supply. Author of new book The Meat Racket suggests the meat industry represents a monopoly. Wall Street Journal & NPR
4. Tax concerns. Agriculture's borrowing capacity and access to capital is threatened under legislative committee tax drafts, study finds. Farm Futures
5. Causing a stir. Sarcasm isn't welcome in Chipotle's new ag-focused mini-series, says Ted Sheely on the blog Truth About Trade
6. Athletes with rural roots compete in Sochi. American Olympians Katie Uhlaender, skeleton competitor, Emily Scott, speed skater, and Kaitlyn Farrington, snowboarder, each have a common thread: ag.
7. Ag outlook updates. Farm Progress has been following the 2014 Ag Outlook Forum this week, where USDA released preliminary census data and economic outlooks. Follow the links for more: Ag Trade, Livestock Expansion, Crop Prices, Ag Census
And your bonus:
FFA's time to shine. A few editors have shared their experiences with the FFA recently in blog form. In honor of FFA week, (arguably the best time of the year to laugh at an old photo of yourself wearing the blue & gold), check out some of their stories:
Life Lessons Abound For FFA Students
FFA: Developing Our Future Leaders In Agriculture
I Blame The FFA For Changes In Rural Youth
And, to top it off, an FFA Week thank you from National FFA Organization COO Josh Bledsoe.