A lot is happening in agriculture these days, and it's our job to help you keep up. This week's installment of "7 things" looks at a few hot topics, and of course there's our weekly bonus. Enjoy, and click on the links for more.
1. In defense of the deep fryer. Texas Agriculture Commissioner is defending his new nutrition policy which he says will "abolish outdated and unneeded state mandates." And it will allow state schools to install deep fryers and soda machines if they like as well? Is it a 'throwback' policy, or nutrition freedom. Only time will tell.
2. How long will high beef prices last? High prices are great for your wallet, but can also get you thinking about what factors are out there to turn the market down? BEEF Blogger Troy Marshall knows that cattle producers are always looking for bears, so he points out a few that may be lurking ahead. Check that out in Searching for a reason to be bearish? Look beyond the cattle market fundamentals.
3. Food labels get explained. The Center for Agriculture and Food Science at the Vermont Law School has launched a new website - labelsunwrapped.org - that aims to explain food labels to the uninitiated. The site explores "all natural" and of course the Certified Organic label, and more. Check out the site for a little education.
4. A deeper look at that Greek tragedy. The collapse of the Greek economy is no fun to watch and it's even harder to understand. Farm Futures took a stab at it with a roundup of reports and opinions on what's happening in 5 perspectives on Greece moves and global impact. It's an ongoing story, but this does offer a start.
5. What 'dog days'? That's the question blogger Holly Spangler asks in her latest My Generation blog noting that if you're a farm kid there are no 'slow days' but there are plenty of fun days. Check out her look at the Dog days and other lies of summer.
6. Have you been to Driftless? There's an area in southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin, northwest Illinois and northeast Iowa where the glaciers never shaved off the ground and made it flat. It's beautiful country and a new book looks at the people who live there. A Minnpost review offers a look at a new book about the people and the region. It's call "Driftless."
7. Making the most of new technology. There are two new weed control technologies coming to market using some legacy technology (in new forms). There's a three-part video series from our colleague Forrest Laws that helps explain how to make sure these technologies work and are right for you.
And your bonus!
Agritourism boost. U.S. News is promoting agritourism this week, which should give those businesses a nice boost. They offer the 4 reasons to try a farm-to-table trip. Of course, our readers already know the value of living on the farm, but many have opened their farm gates to share their stories with tourists.
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