I hear there's a game tomorrow, but since it doesn't start until late, you'll have time to read some of these stories:
Higher and Higher - SB Nation
Farm Subsidies Persist and Grow, Despite Talk of Reform - The Salt
What Happens To Farmers' Interests After Everybody Packs Up and Leaves Iowa? - Charles Pierce
Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past - New York Times (h/t the Nurse)
U.S. Security Concerns Could Stand in the Way of ChemChina's Syngenta Bid - Bloomberg. It would seem like something of an overstep for the U.S. to tell a Swiss company it can't be bought by a Chinese company.
Ground Shifts Under Wheat Export Market - Wall Street Journal
Changes ahead in 2016, Cupich tells priests - Chicago Sun-Times. Fewer priests and fewer parishioners means fewer parishes, in Chicago and other northern dioceses.
One of Africa's Biggest Dams Is Falling Apart - The New Yorker
Stealing White: How a corporate spy swiped plans for DuPont's billion dollar color formula - Bloomberg
The Unique Language of Newfoundland - Hakai Magazine
Hoosier Hall of Fame: Hoosier Innovations - Indianapolis Monthly. Yes, I hate Indiana, but there are a few interesting things on this list. I didn't know Chuck Taylor was from Hoosierland.
What Went Wrong in Flint - FiveThirtyEight
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs - High Country News
The West Is Traveling the Road to Economic Ruin - Paul Craig Roberts
To Tell The Truth - Texas Monthly
Gerry Adams's Baffling Book of Tweets - The New Yorker
White America's Broken Heart - New York Times
Should You Literally Pick The Low-Hanging Fruit? - Priceonomics, This is a favorite term in ITW 80/20. That and, "screw the little guy."