Family farms often rely on the next generation to carry on the family business. However, some agricultural economists say family farmers should work to modernize their hiring practices and consider that the most qualified workers might come from outside the family.
Western news outlets that have been reporting on alleged corruption among China's leadership appear to be targeted. The Times says it has been under attack for four months.
Americans consistently rank the economy as the top problem facing the country, but recent polling from the firm Gallup goes deeper. It asks people how the economy specifically affects their personal finances.
"It was the price of energy, the price of food, taxes, and health care -- in other words, a very direct withdrawal of money from people's pockets is what really hurts them about the economy," says Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.
There was, however, one exception, says Newport.
"Over half of Americans said the federal debt situation actually hurt them in their own personal situation," he explains. "Nevertheless, people have this perception that the debt ceiling affects them -- and that's a more abstract concept. But other than that, it's direct."
Gallup also asked small business owners the same questions, and got similar answers. One area of difference, however, was on the topic of government regulation.
"The average American out there says, 'Yeah, government regulations don't affect me directly.' But government regulations were at the top of the list for small business owners," says Newport.
The former Nebraska senator faces the Senate Armed Services Committee. After some initial doubts, the conventional wisdom in Washington is that he's likely to be confirmed. But Hagel will face some sharp questions about his views on key issues.
The New York Times says powerful Chinese hackers had quite a romp deep inside its computer systems. The extensive and sophisticated digital strikes came after the Times' October report on business deals involving the family of China's prime minister.
A detailed account of the intrusions was published by the Times. The publication says they hired a private company to track the activity of the hackers, allowing the intruders to work within the Times' system for weeks while the attacks were being traced.
The antivirus software used by The New York Times is also popular with other companies and tens of millions of Americans, yet it missed dozens of the hacking attacks.
Damian Grammaticas, a BBC correspondent based in Beijing, says working as a journalist in China takes extra precaution. "You need to be very cautious about any sort of compromised email that might try to seek to install this sort of spying software on to our systems."
Chinese hackers are also believed to have attacked American companies, government agencies, and the military.