Need to catch up? Here are some food, agriculture and farm stories you might have missed this week.
1.What's ahead for USDA's crop projections? It's hard to tell, but in years with above average yields, they tend to get bigger. Farm Futures
2. Fewer PEDV cases. Cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus were down over the summer, but they could go up again this winter. WRAL North Carolina
3. Water infrastructure updates necessary. As farmers harvest more grain, it's essential to ensure transport channels are in top shape, says Brig. Gen. Peter “Duke” DeLuca, Ret. Farm Press
4. A look at the growing animal biotech industry. The Livestock biotech Summit this week visited Sioux Falls, S.D., where there's more biotech research going on than you might think. Argus Leader
5. House favors higher Section 179 expensing level. The Senate still hasn't voted to extend higher Section 179 expensing, but the House has – twice this year. Farm Futures
6. Antibiotic report elicits NCC reaction. A Reuters report on antibiotic use in the poultry industry didn't include full perspective from veterinarians or farmers, the National Chicken Council said this week. Reuters, NCC
7. Speaking of antibiotics…farm groups weighed in on the White House's report and federal order to combat antibiotic resistance, released this week. Farm Progress
And your bonus:
Former Beatle pushes meat-free Mondays. McCartney's not for giving up meat completely, but said he'd appreciate it if fans could turn into temporary vegetarians to kick off the week, says Rolling Stone
Video: 5 weird things you can buy on Alibaba. Congrats to the ag industry, two of the five are ag-related. Bloomberg
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