Ag Trade Talks, a Meat Map and Cow Waterbeds

Ag Trade Talks, a Meat Map and Cow Waterbeds

7 agriculture and food stories you might have missed this week

1. Ag interests hold out on Japan's TPP demands. Japan's requested tariff exemptions in trade deal talks leave U.S. ag interests unhappy. Farm Futures

2. PEDV assistance request. Two U.S. Senators have asked USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide disaster assistance, more research funding for producers affected by PEDV.  Farm Progress

Related: Catch up on the last few weeks in PEDV stories: Farm Progress

3. If there were official state meats...what would your state's meat be? Food and drink writer comes up with her own list, complete with a map. Slate

4. How other countries use drones. Questions about regulations, uses and availability of drones swirl outside the U.S. Wall Street Journal

Ag Trade Talks, International Drones and Cow Waterbeds: 7 things you might have missed this week

5. Agriculture looks toward open data. Ag companies are partnering with Purdue University to develop data handling protocols for U.S. farmers. Farm Progress

6. Bigger pens, bigger problems? Not necessarily – but switching hogs to group housing does present challenges for swine management. Associated Press

7. Cow comfort = profits. Ontario dairy producer Steve Oosterhof uses a combination of waterbeds, robotic milkers and scratchers to keep cows happy and production high. CBC News Ottowa

And your bonus:

Don't forget the green milk this weekend. You may be out of luck if you're not near Syracuse, N.Y., but if you are, check out how a local dairy celebrates St. Patrick's Day. Syracuse Post-Standard

And, to lighten things up, a video of cowboys dancing. It's Friday, after all.

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