summary from the House Agriculture Committee lists key points. In this report, the Farm Bureau looks at the support the new bill gathered, and this article from a Midwest publication lists some of the "pros and cons" of the bill.
** A new FDA report shows a 33% decline from 2016 to 2017 in the domestic sales and distribution of all medically important antibiotics used in food animal production.
** Gene-edited farm animals are coming. This article includes insights from animal science experts, and it looks at the advances, along with questions of safety and public acceptance.
** The U.S. meat industry is gigantic, but it faces emerging competition on two fronts: plant-based meat substitutes and actual meat grown in labs. However, many experts agree that livestock production is still essential for global food security.
Christmas on the Farm--Red Barn, Mismatched Livestock, and Memories Stuck to Our Boots
As this blog says, some stores still stock the "Old McDonald's Farm" sets, and even the classic red barn still shows up occasionally on living room floors. Look back on a time when toys consisted of mismatched plastic animals, small tractors with worn rubber tires, and anything in the house that could add to the farm operation--from thread spools to Lincoln logs to erector set pieces. It can still be fun to "farm the carpet."
by dan gogerty (top graphic from feedingpa.org and bottom pic from facebook.com)