1. Family Farmer, Factory Farmer

John Sponaugle has 36,000 turkeys in two housing units. “Sometimes folks come out here and build a house right next to a turkey house or whatever and start complaining because it smells. But they still want to eat. Somewhere along the line, people have to tolerate a little bit of something.” (Modern Farmer)

2. AK-47 Ag Loss

The most famous gun on the planet — or farm machinery? Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47, never really had a choice. (WFP)

3. Cheating on the Donkey

When your donkey meat doesn’t taste prime … it’s probably the old fox switcheroo again. (The Atlantic)

4. Cheese, the Great De-Icer

Mixing cheese brine with rock salt to thaw roads may just work. (New York Times)

5. Death of a Small Farm

Farms in Texas below 2,000 acres have been declining at a rate of 250,000 acres a year. From 1997 to 2007, Texas lost roughly 1.5 million acres of farmland and may lose another million by 2020. (The Texas Tribune)