A look at what we’re reading, doing and clicking this week.

The rumors were true: Earlier this fall, we “heard” that Ohio Director of Agriculture Jim Zehringer was pondering a move to the post of director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Yesterday, Nov. 15, we learned it’s no longer a rumor.

Don’t we all wish we had a crystal ball? Trend-watchers and futurists fascinate us. How do they see innovation everywhere they look? One of our favorites of Jim Carroll, who’s peered into agriculture’s future a couple times. And here’s his food industry trends outlook.

OK, so this is a self-serving, shameless plug, but we’ve also been lurking on Farm and Dairy’s “Brag About Your Bag” page. It’s a photo gallery of individuals who have been successful during the fall hunting seasons so far. And with deer gun season coming up, we’re sure this is going to be a popular spot.

Seems like everywhere you go in our neck of the woods (Ohio/Pennsylvania), people are talking about the oil and gas leasing/drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. Farm and Dairy has written extensively about it (and will continue to write extensively about it), but one of our go-to sources for information is Penn State University Extension, and the university’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. They have fact sheets, they do webinars, they have maps — in other words, a gusher of information on the topic.

For the beauty of the Earth. On Monday, we spied this amazing time-lapse video of the Earth at night, captured by a camera aboard the International Space Station. Well worth your 5 minutes to view it.

And with Thanksgiving coming up next week, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about cooking a turkey. Or making stuffing (or is it dressing???) Or yummy sweet potatoes (hold the mini-marshmallows, please).

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