Missed some ag news this week? Here are seven stories to catch you up.
1. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He is "in good spirits" while quarantined at home. – Indiana Prairie Farmer
2. The 100-plus small and medium-sized meatpackers in Illinois received a wave of new business during the coronavirus pandemic when larger processors had to turn away market-ready hogs and cattle. – Prairie Farmer
3. Federal District Court Judge Vince Chhabria raised questions about the $10.9 billion settlement deal regarding Roundup. Bayer published a statement noting it is in agreement. "The withdrawal will enable the parties to more comprehensively address the questions raised" by Chhabria. – Farm Futures
4. The House Appropriations Committee met Thursday to consider a number of fiscal year 2021 measures, including the Agriculture-FDA bill. Personal protective equipment for meat inspectors is expected to be discussed as will the relocation of NIFA and the ERS last year. – Politico
5. Improved spring planting conditions, in addition to support from USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, fueled an improvement in farmer sentiment in the latest Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. – Farm Futures
6. About 10% of all greenhouse-gas emissions come from the agriculture industry. A look at agriculture, emissions and the pandemic. – Time
7. People are exploring different ways to get, share and sell food during the pandemic, including bartering, buying grocery staples from restaurants and signing up for CSA boxes. The pandemic has brought more attention to where food comes from and the role of local food producers. – The Washington Post
And your bonus.
Kinsey Gensel is among the beginning farmers who want to make farming their business. She's participating in The Seed Farm in Pennsylvania. The farm includes an incubator where prospective farmers are launched through assistance with business planning. - American Agriculturalist