The National Pork Producers Council says Mercy for Animals has released a questionable undercover video from a Minnesota farm. With this latest attack against America’s hog farmers - NPPC says it’s important to know the facts. The group notes an independent veterinarian determined there were no signs of inhumane treatment or violations of good production standards and no charges were filed.

USDA says farmers awaiting Conservation Security or Conservation Stewardship Program payments should receive them soon. Some of the 907-million dollars in payments from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service were delayed by the shutdown of the federal government.

The United States Potato Board debuted the new “Potato Lovers Club” program at a top food blogger conference in Seattle, WA, in September. The goal of the program is to gather healthful potato recipes and high-caliber photography from influential bloggers to add to the USPB’s recipe database on and use in the weekly recipe email and on USPB social media properties.