1. Policing Pork

When a single plant is processing 10,500 hogs each day — 1,300 per hour — safety inspections can get blurred. (Businessweek)

2. Christmas Tree Death

U.S. Christmas tree farmers are facing millions in profit losses from root rot. Once it’s in the dirt; lights out. (Huffington Post)

3. Salmon in the Desert

Water parks and ski slopes were first. Now the UAE is ready to farm salmon. (Gulf News)

4. Cloak-and-Dagger in the Seed Industry

Spies in the fields: Several Chinese nationals are accused of shifting across Midwest farmland to steal up to $40 million in seed technology. (USA Today)

5. Killing Invasives With Tylenol

Invasive species bothering you? Then parachute in 2,000 mice laced with Tylenol. Too bad feral hogs can't be handled the same way. (NBC)