**The Caribbean Food-service Industry is looking to rebound from an exceptionally harsh hurricane season.

U.S. Meat Export Federation Caribbean representative Elizabeth Wunderlich recently updated U.S. producers and exporters on the region’s recovery efforts.

She says the Caribbean is an important destination for U.S. beef, pork and lamb, with exports through September totaling nearly $210 million. But the hotel and restaurant sectors on some Caribbean islands are facing a long and difficult recovery.

Wunderlich notes the Caribbean is resilient and has bounced back from hurricanes before.

**Germany provided the key swing vote Monday in the European Union’s approval of glyphosate for another five years.

According to Agri-Pulse, Germany, which abstained in previous votes on renewing the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, supported the European Commission’s five-year proposal, barely tipping the balance for approval.

Graeme Taylor, spokesperson for the European Chemical Protection Association, says his group is “pleased the substance has been re-approved,” but disappointed that “despite overwhelming scientific evidence,” the approval is for only five years.


**Beginning farmers say some of their biggest headaches are USDA paperwork and uncooperative staff at their local USDA office.

That’s according to a new survey by the National Young Farmers Coalition that recommends USDA train some of the county office staff in dealing with new farmers.

Successful Farming reports they also asked the agency to “go small” in fitting its programs to the needs of young farmers, who usually have small operations.