Once again the wide-spread drought plaguing much of the United States has grabbed headlines this week. Pork producers are increasingly concerned about feed costs and availability, not to mention possible competition from the ethanol industry for scarce corn supplies. There were a few what-were-they-thinking moments this week that also made the news. A group of U.S. senators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking for an explanation for USDA’s recent promotions of “Meatless Mondays.” The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was also dealing with fallout from an unfortunate quote referencing gestation stalls, possibly taken out of context, which appeared in a National Journal article last week. Read these and other stories impacting the business of pork production in this week's issue of National Hog Farmer's Weekly Wrap-Up Newsletter.