Feedstuffs In Focus Previewing the Farm Bill committee mark-upAmerican Farm Bureau Federation policy expert Mary Kay Thatcher says the Farm Bill could reach the Senate floor for debate as early as May 16. Supreme Court upholds Monsanto's intellectual property rightsA unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is good news for farmers and agricultural innovation, according to the President of the American Soybean Association. Comparing current farm prosperity to the 1970s: Carl Zulauf, Ohio State UniversityWith near-record commodity prices and at- or near-record farm income, some producers naturally consider the similarities to the infamous boom-bust cycle of the 1970s and early 80s. But there are major differences. Ag retailers work toward nutrient stewardship certificationWith excess nutrient levels in bodies of water such as Lake Erie, fertilizer providers and applicators are working to implement best practices to solve the nutrient problem. Recapping the March stocks and plantings reportsUSDA found more corn, soybeans and wheat than the market expected; two economists discuss the extra bushels and 2013 planting intentions. Corn Refiners Association names a new presidentEditor Andy Vance visits with long-time D.C. policy expert and lobbyist John W. Bode about his new role, and about the policy challenges facing agriculture in hyper-partisan Washington. Vegan activists attack beef bloggerFeedstuffs Contributor Megan Brown talks with editor Andy Vance about her experiences as the target of a recent anti-meat blog campaign. Iowa launches farm animal care coalitionExecutive Director Denny Harding talks with editor Andy Vance about a newly-formed group offering on-farm welfare evaluations in Iowa. Analyzing the January USDA reportsWater Street Solutions grain markets analyst Arlan Suderman talks with editor Andy Vance about the WASDE and Crop Production estimates from USDA. FDA proposes new food safety regulationsFaegre Baker Daniels partners Kim Walker and Sarah Brew talk with editor Andy Vance about newly-proposed rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act.