Need to catch up? Here are some food, agriculture and farm stories you might have missed this week.
1. GMO labeling moves on. A bill to create a voluntary GMO labeling system passed the House this week. Farm Progress
2. Organic hospital farm. Some hospitals are moving toward on-site farms to provide patients with local food. Civil Eats
3. Rent-a-chicken. Couple rents chickens to backyard farmers, in some cases those living in larger cities. Reuters
4. Section 179 action. The Senate Finance Committee this week approved a two-year tax extenders bill; the House has already passed a permanent tax extenders bill. Farm Futures
5. El Nino answer? Forecasters explain how El Nino works, and why it may impact California's drought this winter. Los Angeles Times
6. Shrimp go to school. An Iowa couple has finished retrofitting an old elementary school to serve as a shrimp farm. The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
In case you are interested in how they got the bleachers out of the school's gym, farmer Jeff Ryan shares the story in Farm Industry News.
7. COOL fix ahead? Senators have filed their opinions on COOL, with Sen. Debbie Stabenow offering a voluntary approach and Sen. Pat Roberts favoring a full repeal via Highway Bill amendment. Feedstuffs
And your bonus:
Proud Blackhawks fans. A Chicago area corn maze pays tribute to the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup win. Chicago Tribune
USDA getting into the Sharknado blitz? Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this.
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
7/17: E. coli, drought inventions, GMO safety, Icelandic cows and a pizza farm
7/10: Greek issues, worrying bullish beef markets and supporting the deep fryer
6/26: School lunch contraband, Bundy Ranch, 2,4-D and three little pigs
6/19: Speed milking, robotic grocery store and aggie ballet