Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.
1. Bayer working ahead on weed resistance: At the company's annual press conference this week in Monheim, Germany, Bayer CropScience's CEO Liam Condon said growing weed resistance issues will continue to be a "huge issue" for farmers today.
2. USDA says revamped meat inspection plan is still a go. After the Government Accountability Office's release of an audit that found potential issues with the USDA's plan to change poultry inspections – part of which increases line speeds – the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service disagreed with the findings, noting that not all facts were presented fully.
3. 2014 farm exports expected to remain strong. Though not as high as projected fiscal year 2013 exports, FY14 farm exports are still expected to remain strong, reaching $135 billion.
4. Food insecurity in America unchanged since 2008. According to a new USDA Economic Research Service report, food insecurity in America is as prevalent now as it was in 2008, with 14.5% of households classified as such. In addition, 5.7% of U.S. households had "very low" food security last year.
5. Finally – a reason to like Congress. Farm Futures' Mike Wilson takes a look at the crop insurance program and explains why he believes it can be classified as "one of the government's best success stories."
6. Beef posts gains and losses in tough economy. Although price remains the first concern of beef-eating consumers, healthfulness and convenience continue changing consumer behavior, too, according to the latest Beef Board research study.
7. Can't get enough farm shows? Farm shows are an opportunity to showcase the latest and greatest – and farmers get that. That's why Farm Progress has another opportunity to whet the appetites of innovation-seekers at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb., next week. Here's a look at what you can see and do at HHD. (And in case you missed it, check out a few notable items from last week's Farm Progress Show.)
And your bonus:
Gallup poll shows favorable view of ag. A recent Gallup poll shows Americans' views of agriculture and farming are improving, based on a change in net positive rating from 2012 to 2013. The overall rating increased ten points from 32 to 42.
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