Need to catch up? Here are some stories you might have missed this week.
1. Will new ideas be enough to revive the farm bill? As the end of the year draws closer, farm bill talks are relatively quiet. But a few farm groups and economists have their own ideas about compromises they think could ease deep divides on commodity and dairy programs. See also: Watching the Farm Bill Evolve.
2. Prep for landing? "After more than six years of unprecedented boom in the U.S. farm economy driven by a government-backed drive for biofuels, record low interest rates and rising food exports, American grain farmers and their bankers are bracing for change," writes Christine Stebbins of Thompson/Reuters.
3. …meanwhile, higher net farm income headed your way. Net farm income is forecast to be $131 billion in 2013, up 15.1% from 2012's estimate of $113.8 billion, the USDA Economic Research Service said this week. USDA also offered new estimates for net cash income and expenses.
4. School lunch discussion is back. More than a year after USDA's overhaul of national school lunch standards, outspoken opponent of federal lunch regulations Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., this week released her plan to reduce federal mandates and add flexibility for school administrators. Get the details.
5. Bees at work, in photos. The buzz of a strong bee colony is vital to California's multi-billion almond industry, because without bees, there are no almonds. Ride along with Farm Press' Todd Fitchette on a pictorial tour of bees at work to learn more about the tiny pollinators' impact on ag.
6. Stadium partnership tackles food waste. As part of a new partnership with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, has committed to recycling stadium food waste using an anaerobic digester.
7. Thanksgiving, a farmer's holiday! It really is, considering most celebrations center on food – but from where does it all come? What state produces the most turkeys? The most sweet potatoes? Find out here.
And your bonus:
What do Joan Jett and South Dakota cattle producers have in common? Most of you probably know where I'm going with this, but in case you need the scoop, check out Amanda Radke's recap on BEEF. Hint: it involves the parade you may or may not have watched yesterday.
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