Need to catch up? Here are some food, agriculture and farm stories you might have missed this week.
1. Corn dethroned. Studies suggest corn is likely to be upstaged by another crop as the climate changes. Gizmodo
2. Food illness and consumers. Chipotle's recent brush with food illness has brought up more issues about food safety, preparation and consumer preferences. Washington Post
3. Dow-DuPont merger. Ag chemical makers Dow and DuPont will merge, reports say, to create a company with three divisions. Farm Futures
4. Cover crops or pesticides? Or both? Like many others, an Iowa family debates pesticides, cover crops, grazing and soil health. Chicago Tribune
5. COOL rule. WTO approves $1.01 billion in tariffs over Country-of-Origin labeling, pushing ag groups to turn up the heat on legislators. Farm Futures
6. Food engineering. Obesity is an issue in America – but how much blame should the food industry take? WBUR-NPR
7. STB moves forward. Surface Transportation Board reauthorization heads to the President's desk.
And your bonus:
Gopher hunt. A New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation District is offering rewards for gopher tails; The pests burrow under mini dams used for flood irrigation and eat up plant roots, harming farmers' crops. Carlsbad Current-Argus
See a new installment of '7 ag stories you might have missed' every Friday at 2 p.m. on Farm Futures and Farm Progress sites. And as always, keep up throughout the week with daily ag news and grain market updates by visiting us on Twitter or Facebook.
Browse the '7 ag stories' archives
12/4: UAV registration rules, RFS levels, Grant's Farm, and banana fungus
11/27: Enlist Duo, farm incomes, pardoning the turkey and #CowArt
11/13: Syngenta, Girl Scout cookies, cash rents, ag finances and Agritechnica
11/6: Vegan McDonalds and Guinness, Congress' worth, WOTUS and ag grad jobs